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When Personal Faith Is the Foundation for a Politician’s Prayers

Hezekiah, a later king of Judah, prayed throughout his life. He reigned during a time of crisis; Assyria conquered Judah’s sister nation of Israel to the north while he was king, and invaded Judah. While David, Asa, Jehoshaphat, and Josiah … 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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An American Prayer

For Independence Day in the United States of America, I reflect on this prayer whose words are the lyrics of the American National Hymn, “God of Our Fathers,” by Daniel Roberts: God of our fathers, whose almighty hand Leads forth … Continue reading

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Praying On the Run

Desperate situations sometimes preclude long prayers. A vehicle driver who has narrowly avoided a crash may quickly breathe the words, “Thank you, Lord.” The prayer requires no more words. Several of Old Testament Judean political leader Nehemiah’s prayers fall into … Continue reading

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The Praying Politician

  Nehemiah, civil servant who becomes governor, personifies the ideal of a godly political leader who pours his life into serving his followers. His passion for his people, his anguish when his people fail, and his denial of his own … Continue reading

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