Tag Archives: Paul

The Impact of Emotion on Prayer

Environment and emotions sometimes shape our prayers as much as a desire to please God. At a gathering of charged-up believers, our prayers may resound with joy and assurance of victory. When a child dies or another interview fails to … Continue reading

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Prayer and Mission

Prayer is a catalyst for mission. Prayer reminds us of God’s power to rescue. As our prayer requests extend beyond our own needs, we realize that others need spiritual healing as well as physical healing. We pray, as Jesus suggested, … 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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Prayer’s Role in Christian Leadership

How do church leaders include prayer in their decision making process? The next time you attend a meeting where decisions will be made or leaders of a group will function, observe what part prayer plays.  Ask yourself, “Is this how … Continue reading

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Praying for Presidents

Today is Presidents Day in the United States. Originally, this holiday merged the commemoration of the birthdays of Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, both of whom were born in February. In this posting, I will reflect on the prayer … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Joy, Peace, and Hope

Division, whether in politics, families, or churches, arises often from insecurity. Paul’s prayer of blessing in Romans 15:13 underscores the role of trust (faith) in achieving peace. Disunity disrupts growth; it displaces hope with confusion and anger. Even as Christianity … 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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Praising God’s Power in Prayer

Paul praises God’s sovereignty and power in a poem (hymn/prayer) of praise at the end of Romans chapter 11. The apostle addresses problems that troubled him and continue to discourage some who study the nature of God. Paul prayed often … Continue reading

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A Leader Recognizes God’s Authority

In 2 Chronicles 6:1-42 (1 Kings 8:22-52), King Solomon dedicates the Temple he has constructed for the worship of God. Noted for his wisdom and political prowess, Solomon displays profound religious insight in his prayer on that occasion. His prayer … Continue reading

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Prayerful Preparation for Christ’s Return

Paul’s prayers for the Thessalonians identify faith, hope, love and habitual prayer as essential means of preparing for the return of Christ. After saying that he always thanked God’s for the Thessalonians’ faith, hope and love, he prays, “How can … Continue reading

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