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Prayer When Grief Challenges Faith

The prayer of Psalm 143 spoke for me today. As I read it, its words echoed the pain in my soul. Like the Psalmist, I have felt crushed by events in my life. The most recent, and most painful, is … Continue reading

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Prayer as Response to God

Prayer may be a response to God. When we pray, we may attribute a recent event in our lives to the providence or the judgment of God. When we thank God for food, or a new job, or an answer … Continue reading

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Learning to Trust When We Pray

“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken” (Psalm 62:1-2). Inspiration for prayer dries up when events shatter our … Continue reading

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Praying a Prayer of Praise

“Oh sing to the LORD a new son; sing to the LORD, all the earth!” Psalm 96, a song that celebrates God, begins with these words. A parallel, in 1 Chronicles 16, was sung by Asaph and his brothers at … Continue reading

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Two Prophets and a Sinful City

Two prophets to Nineveh preach destruction for that powerful city. Jonah, the earlier prophet, preaches a message of doom to people whom he detests. They heed his warning. They fast and pray for repentance to Jonah’s God, asking for deliverance. … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Comfort and Forgiveness

I planted tomato seeds this year. Eventually, plants emerged and began to grow among the stakes I had placed to support them as their fruit grew and made them heavier. Small yellow flowers appeared, then were replaced by small green … Continue reading

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Remember to Pray “Thank You”

“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his … Continue reading

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Sleeping When We Ought to be Praying

Jonah was on the run from God. God had given him a mission that grated against Jonah’s prejudices. Jonah hated Assyrians; God called Jonah to preach to the Assyrians in their capital city of Ninevah. Jonah ran to the port … Continue reading

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Praying for Relief

My life has been packed with travel, learning, teaching, and prayer in recent weeks. I have spoken to groups in Georgia, Tennessee, and Washington (the state). I’ve had a physical fitness test within three weeks of oral surgery (I do … Continue reading

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A Reminder of Early Christian Prayer

Monday evening, my wife and I attended the Convocation that opens the academic year at Harding School of Theology. The evening included several prayers led by faculty, staff, and students, songs of prayer, and addresses about prayer. Dr. Allen Black … Continue reading

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