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A Prayer, a Song, and a Memory in the Night

When life is darkest, what do we pray? When hope dims, what songs do we sing? When opponents taunt, on what memories do we rely? In his prayer to the Lord, the writer of Psalm 119 provides his answers to … Continue reading

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Prayer of Despair

“I cry to you for help and you do not answer me: I stand, and you only look at me. You have turned cruel to me; with the might of your hand you persecute me. You lift me up on … 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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A Prayer for an Unjust Nation Threatened by Terror

He prayed while his contemporaries trusted in rituals and practiced a syncretistic religion that mixed elements of nature religion with nationalism and the worship of God. He prayed while a hostile nation sent its armies to eradicate cities and demoralize … Continue reading

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Praying Through the Rain

It rained today. The forecast called for thunderstorms; for a short time this afternoon rain descended in a downpour. We needed the rain. Grass in the neighborhood lawns was turning brown. Water levels in area ponds and rivers were noticeably … Continue reading

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Prayer for an Undying Love

“Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love” (Ephesians 6:23-24). This benediction, or prayer of blessing, ends the book … 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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A Prayer to a God Who Loves

Psalm 31’s writer called for fire with precision and passion as he penned this prayer. Enemies threatened the Psalmist; he identifies how they have attacked him but also that their practices and values pit them against God. As he calls … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Christ’s Return

Prayers in Revelation range from anthems of adoration for God to passionate pleas for justice. In the midst of a story-line that seems chaotic at times, the prayers reveal a God who saves and secures those who persevere. The prayers … Continue reading

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Accepting God’s Unexpected “Yes!”

How would your local church react if two leaders (think minister, elder, deacon) were arrested, not because of moral indiscretion or tax evasion, but simply because they spoke out for Jesus? Would other leaders suspend meetings of the church and … Continue reading

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