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A Prayer for Dwelling in Unity

Passion for unity flows throughout biblical narratives and prayers. We may overlook the friction that threatened the confederacy of tribes united around worship of one God and awareness of a common ancestry. The book of Judges records a tragic incident … Continue reading

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Like a Child with Its Mother

A sense of entitlement can mar our prayers as we worship God. If I believe I deserve more, that I have earned more than I have received, I will approach life and prayer with anger. On the other hand, I … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Those Who Walk in God’s Ways

Actions have consequences. When we read Psalm 128, it seems that productivity and a healthy family life flow from fearing or have reverence for the Lord. The psalmist invokes a blessing on those that fear the Lord and walk in … Continue reading

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Fasting and Social Media

I recently read a panicked message from the communications director of a large church that the senior minister had announced that he was giving up social media for forty days and wanted everyone in the congregation to do the same. … Continue reading

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Devoted to Prayer?

When you think about activities of the Church that reveal its priorities, what comes to mind? Preaching the Bible? Observing Communion? Helping the poor? Healing the sick? Teaching our young the fundamentals of the faith? Evangelism? Foreign missions? Baptism? How … Continue reading

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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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A Prayer to the God who Distracts

Biblical writers employed metaphors and similes to describe the God whom no one has seen. We know well passages that envision God as Father, Lion, Creator, Shepherd, Warrior, and Refuge. In recent decades, increasing attention has been paid to passages … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Focus

The prayer of the first stanza or strophe of Psalm 119 begins with beatitudes that echo Psalm 1: “Blessed are those who way is blameless, who walk in the way of the LORD!” These blessings introduce us to the intense … Continue reading

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Praying with confidence that God can effect change

As soldiers fail when they do not trust their weapons and other equipment, we cripple ourselves in the battle against evil when we do not believe that that “those who are with us are greater than those who are with … Continue reading

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Thoughts on a Recent Call for Fire Seminar

The prayers of the Bible provide significant information about the nature of God and a variety of reasons why Christians pray. During the Call for Fire Seminar last month at Leavenworth Church of Christ in Leavenworth, Kansas, we studied prayers … Continue reading

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