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Prayer When Suffering and Confused

The biblical book of Job poses paradoxes and disputes that confuse the ablest of scholars. A righteous man suffers total loss of possessions and is afflicted with a horrible disease. His friends and peers first sit silently and compassionately with … Continue reading

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Prayer That Is Remembered

“Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth … Continue reading

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Prayer and the Holiness of God

In my previous post, I reflected on how God’s forgiveness and discipline intertwined in our lives, gleaning principles from Psalm 99 and Hebrews 12. Psalm 99 also teaches some powerful truths about holiness and the sovereignty of God in connection … Continue reading

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Father, Hear the Prayer We Offer

What does the homeless woman pray as she huddles under a cardboard shelter? What did the religious among the schoolchildren who drowned in South Korea pray as they sank beneath the surface? What does the unemployed veteran cry out to … Continue reading

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Praying With An Undivided Heart

In the midst of Psalm 86’s barrage of “calls for fire” (14 petitions) is a penetrating insight enclosed within a request, “Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart that … Continue reading

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When God’s People Humble Themselves and Pray

If Paul in 1 Timothy 1:15 could describe himself as chief of sinners, then King Manasseh might have argued that he was next. Manasseh ruled fifty-five years, more than any other monarch of Judah or Israel. During most of his … Continue reading

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When Personal Faith Is the Foundation for a Politician’s Prayers

Hezekiah, a later king of Judah, prayed throughout his life. He reigned during a time of crisis; Assyria conquered Judah’s sister nation of Israel to the north while he was king, and invaded Judah. While David, Asa, Jehoshaphat, and Josiah … Continue reading

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A National Prayer of Confession for Sins of Previous Generations

Nehemiah chapters 8 and 9 record the formal spiritual restoration of a nation. Having returned from deportation to Babylonia, the Jewish people renew their allegiance to God. Their devout governor has helped refocus their attention on prayer and integrity. A … Continue reading

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A Prayer in Protest of Injustice

How emotional are your prayers when you reflect on injustice and immorality in society? The angry prayer of Psalm 94 may shock you with its coarseness. Its author speaks bluntly to the Lord as he laments injustice, murder and immorality. … Continue reading

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A Prayer of Thanks for Partnership

As citizens in the United States prepare to celebrate the giving of thanks, I note a biblical passage in which the Apostle Paul gave thanks for a group of disciples of Jesus, “the saints in Christ Jesus who [were] in … Continue reading

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