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Prayer of a Veteran

A military veteran prays in Psalm 144. To be sure, this veteran/author may be the king (Verses 2 and 10 suggest at the least a petition on behalf of the king), but he still has trained for war and has … Continue reading

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When Prayer Is Ritual

Prayer sometimes is ritual. When churches pray the model prayer of Matthew 6 (also know as The Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father) as a congregation, or recite together “Hear our prayer” as responses to pre-determined prayers during a time … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Courage on an Anniversary of Evil

A prayer I offered in 2012 front of an assembly from several nations in Kabul for Patriot Day (September 11): O God, Creator of all, Sustainer of life, our Refuge from disaster, we commemorate today an event that awakened a … Continue reading

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Prayer As the Hurricane Approaches

The prayer of Psalm 57 concludes with praise and a statement of determination to keep singing in the midst of threatening turmoil. These words caught my attention this morning after I had been reading about the steady progress of Hurricane … Continue reading

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Prayer that Pride Will Not Preclude Prayer

In Genesis chapter 4, we read about Cain murdering his brother Abel and Cain’s subsequent punishment. The chapter tells also of Cain’s descendants. Several generations later is born Lamech, whose story becomes the focal point of Cain’s genealogy. Lamech has … Continue reading

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Prayer to God who Saves “Man and Beast”

The words of the prayer in Psalm 36:5-6 convict me as they should any who realize their weaknesses and their inadequacy as they seek to please our Creator. The prayer envisions God as judge, but also as redeemer and savior. … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Evening Worshippers

The first time I led singing at church was on a Sunday evening. My father, who was the preacher, and several other men were out of town. A few minutes before the service was to begin, one of the elders … Continue reading

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