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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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Master, The Tempest Is Raging!

Yesterday, my wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. We set out on a “road trip” to explore the countryside of Northeastern Arkansas. I enjoyed the beauty of the hills and farmland through which we traveled. She took photographs of … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Call for Fire

Unexpected prayer warriors sometimes call for fire to the Lord in the Bible. The Old Testament routinely assesses each ruler of the northern Kingdom of leading the nation into sin, engaging in the sin of Jeroboam (who established two rival … 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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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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Prayer When It Seems Rescue Will Not Arrive

When Soldiers realize that they cannot repel the enemy’s attack with their current number of personnel or supply of ammunition, they call for fire. They contact their higher headquarters and request field artillery fires against their enemy’s position or ask … Continue reading

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A Prayer That God Will Remember

How often do you ask God to remember something he did in the past? After I began my study of biblical prayers, I discovered that several biblical prayer warriors called on God to remember. Psalm 89 is an example. The … Continue reading

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A Psalmist’s Prayer on Thanksgiving Day

A happy Thanksgiving Day to citizens of the United States of America! Today many families will gather to celebrate and to give thanks. Many will each too much; some will watch hours of American football or basketball on television while … Continue reading

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A Prayer Regretting the Day of One’s Birth

In Jeremiah 20, Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, prays words that bring Job’s lament in Job 3 to mind. Job, who had lost almost everything, regretted the day that he had been born. Jeremiah prays his similar regret in even more … Continue reading

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A Prophetic Leader’s Frustrated Prayer

Prophetic leaders and innovators inspire change, but often also intense opposition. In military circles, innovative leaders must overcome tradition and budgetary constraints. When they set forth their creative idea brashly or attack previous methods, opposition quickly emerges. The prophet Jeremiah … Continue reading

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