Tag Archives: Problem of Evil

A Prayer When God Seems to Hide

Frustration mounts in prayer when it seems that God does not hear, or prayer. If one prays concerning persecution of Christians in a nation, or prays for relief from economic or other social injustice, he or she may want to … Continue reading

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A Prayer for God to Defend His Cause

Devastation surrounds the composer of Psalm 74. His mind recoils in shock as he remembers the ruins of the Temple of God in Jerusalem. The enemy had demolished the building. The Psalmist tells us that the invaders had not contented … Continue reading

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Prayer to the God Who Sees

“So she [Hagar] called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, ‘You are a God of seeing’ for she said, ‘Truly here I have seen him who looks after me” (Genesis 16:13). Many women and men in our … Continue reading

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Prayer that Glorifies God

In an age where rage and insult infest social media posts and where people get shot after blowing their horn at a potentially speeding motorist, it is easy to be captivated by the fervent and righteous outrage and to yearn … Continue reading

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Prayer When Grief Challenges Faith

The prayer of Psalm 143 spoke for me today. As I read it, its words echoed the pain in my soul. Like the Psalmist, I have felt crushed by events in my life. The most recent, and most painful, is … Continue reading

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A Patient Prophet’s Prayer of Joy

Receiving a delayed gift unleashes pent-up joy. When we read a patient elderly prophet’s prayer in Luke 2, we may miss the joy that surely soaked Simeon’s words. He had received a promise that he would not die before he … Continue reading

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Prayer After My Son’s Funeral

Today I ran for the first time since my son Caleb died. It was a short run (three miles) and I prayed for most of the first mile. It was a prayer for understanding, a prayer of lament, a prayer … Continue reading

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After the Death of My Son

I’m walking through the valley again this week as I mourn the unexpected sudden death of my son Caleb from natural causes. Pain wrenches my soul, and I have prayed prayers of angry lament, though realizing this time that God, … 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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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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