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A Prayer for the President

On this icy (in Kansas) day after Presidents Day in the United States, I meditate on the prayer recorded in Psalm 72. The psalm is a prayer for Israel’s king. In some verses (11, 17), the universal appeal suggests anticipation … Continue reading

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A Prayer During the Storm

I enjoyed an intense time of study and fellowship this past week. I spent most days (all day) in an intensive residence period with a small group of preachers from across the country examining the Exposition of Luke. Preachers from … Continue reading

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Resilience and Prayer in Times of Trial

Resilience gets us past our hurdles. Soldiers receive training on improving thueir mental and emotional resilience. Resilience helps Soldiers endure ghastly experiences far away from home. It also helps them survive when they return home. Faith is an integral part … Continue reading

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Moving from Prayer to Action

Nehemiah’s prayers give us insight on moving from prayer to action. His despair when he receives devastating news about the plight of Jews who have returned from captivity to a wrecked Jerusalem causes him to weep. Then he prays. In … Continue reading

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A Prayer After Memorial Day

    King Saul of Israel considered David an enemy during the latter days of his reign. David formerly had served as commander of Saul’s army.  David, also a musician, had used that skill to calm the temperamental monarch.  Saul … Continue reading

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A Prayer for the Harassed and Helpless

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of … 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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Reflections on Prayer, Fellowship, and Disaster Response

I traveled to two other states this past week in connection with ministry training and preparation. Speakers told us of their ministry to victims of hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis and bombings. I heard others discuss their losses to fire and mudslides. … Continue reading

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Prayerful Leadership and Samuel’s Farewell

The transition from prophet and judge Samuel to King Saul was an awkward moment. Moses had warned centuries earlier what would happen if Israel decided to enthrone a human monarch. Now, after decades of what they will admit was just … 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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