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Praying with Integrity

When we are hurting, we want to lash out. In anger, or in despair, we abandon love. We flee from trust, even as we crave to trust and long to be trusted. In Psalm 7, a psalmist under attack prays … Continue reading

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Prayer to the God Who Is True

“I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel that he has granted them according to his … Continue reading

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Prayer to God who Avenges the Victim

Our God loves justice; injustice causes him to don his armor and “go to war.” The psalmist prays, “Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob” (Psalm 99:4).  Many in the … Continue reading

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A Prayer when We Slip

“When I thought, ‘My foot slips,’ your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul” (Psalm 94:18-19). These words of gratitude and joy remind us of God’s love. … Continue reading

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A PRAYER THAT WE MAY NOT BE FOOLS

Many observe the first day of April as an occasion for practical jokes and deceptive news releases. I remember when I was a teenager in University of Tennessee sports-crazed East Tennessee that a Knoxville newspaper published a report that the … Continue reading

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Prayer for Those Who Seek Healthy Relationships

For several weeks, I have read blogs and other articles that anticipated the release of a movie called “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The impression I gained from what I read, even in articles that had a somewhat positive approach to … Continue reading

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A Prayer in the Wake of Violent Protest

“The faithful have disappeared from the land and there is no one left who is upright; they all lie in wait for blood, and they hunt each other with nets. Their hands are skilled to do evil; the official and … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Veterans

I participated in a chapel service today, Veterans Day in the United States, that focused on prayer for our nation. Here is a synopsis of my comments and prayer today at Harding School of Theology: As we pray for our … 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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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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