Tag Archives: Prayer

Prayer of a Stranger

Travelers and immigrants seek accurate direction. In Psalm 119:17-24, the Psalmist confesses that he, a stranger, desires that God will reveal the wonders of his law. He contemplates the statutes of God’s word as carefully as a modern traveler might … Continue reading

Posted in Prayers from Psalms | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Lament for Afghanistan

Impressions of Afghanistan included, for me, a sense of a people traumatized by decades of armed conflict in their nation – wrecked buildings, landscapes stripped of trees and vegetation in an attempt in previous decades to get rid of hiding … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Praying when Blessed by Jesus

Several months ago, I memorized the Beatitudes. Since then, each morning I have included meditation on their meaning with reflection on my daily Bible reading and what I plan to write about next on this blog. According to Matthew, Jesus … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How Shall the Young Secure Their Hearts?

How shall the young secure their hearts? Throughout my life I have sung lyrics by Isaac Watts that ask that question. Watts drew his inspiration from Psalm 119:9-16, the second division of that psalm’s 176 verse anthology of prayer. Concern … Continue reading

Posted in Prayers from Psalms | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Moving Forward after Prayer

All seemed lost. News that not one but three armies were moving towards the national capital frightened the nation. King Jehoshaphat responded. As I noted in a post in 2013, “A leader’s spiritual life affects the moral climate of those … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts about The Lord and His Prayer

British professor N. T. Wright has written a book, The Lord and His Prayer (published in 1997 by Wm. B. Eerdmans), about the model prayer that Jesus used to teach his disciples to pray. The prayer, recorded in Matthew 6:9-13 … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Learning When We Pray

We learn when we pray. That may ignite reaction or spark questions in your mind. How does that happen? Am I saying that we humans are like artificial intelligence that through continued interaction anticipates more what phrases or words people … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Survivor Prays on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, I remember my uncle Jimmy who was killed in action in Vietnam, grieving with my friends Ray and Rhonda at their son-in-law’s memorial, praying at a ceremony at a French military Memorial Day ceremony in 2002, and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Disciple’s Full-Bodied Prayer

Humility and gratitude flow through prayer in Psalm 40, grounded in a full-bodied devotion to the Lord God. The psalmist recognizes his helplessness without God; he recalls how God not only rescued him previously, but also provided for him: “I … Continue reading

Posted in Prayers from Psalms | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prayer for Victory over a Virus

How does one conquer a pandemic?It’s difficult; it’s so systemic,Everywhere you look, people in masks,And if not, “Why?” Someone asks.While we battle a novel disease,Wishing it would depart, please,While we fend it off, staying apart,Washing our hands, doing our partBy … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment