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Thanking the Judge of the Nations

Give thanks when God answers your “call for fire” prayers. We ask when we want or need. We lament when we grieve. We praise God when we rejoice in his grace and love. Let’s remember to say thank you when … Continue reading

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Praying with Integrity

When we are hurting, we want to lash out. In anger, or in despair, we abandon love. We flee from trust, even as we crave to trust and long to be trusted. In Psalm 7, a psalmist under attack prays … Continue reading

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The Joy of Your Presence: A Poem of Prayer

A sense of calm enveloped me in a gentle embrace That eroded the frantic terror that life’s movement weaves When skeptics mock and bullies impede running my race. Deriding study and laughing at knowledge, they bask In ignorance, and when … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Vindication When Enemies Surround

He prays earnestly. He cries for justice. He insists that he is innocent: “Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not … Continue reading

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A Prayer on Mother’s Day

Originally posted on Call for Fire Seminar:
Isaiah the prophet said that God said concerning his people, “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. You shall see, and your heart…

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Learning to Pray

How do we learn to pray?  Prayer is not an innate skill. Although you might argue that we are born with a desire to communicate with our Creator, even the disciples of Jesus had to ask him to teach them … Continue reading

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Praying in Dark Times

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4 ESV). David’s prayer in Psalm 23 took on … Continue reading

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Poetic Prayer in Spring

I wander down a tree-lined path While pandemic rages, sign of God’s wrath? Branches begin to bud, verdant green; Daffodils revive; their blossoms’ sheen Renews hope in the midst of despair, Encourages gulping in of fresh air. Emerging signs of … Continue reading

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Praying During a Pandemic

As news about the COVID-19 virus grew ever more ominous, I went out for my customary walk the other day. As I began my walk, a song being played on a neighbor’s device caught my attention. It was a song … Continue reading

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Praying with Self Awareness

Prayers are rare in the book of Proverbs. Several pithy statements about prayer appear, but developed conversation with God appears only in Poverbs chapter 30, among the sayings of Agur, a king unidentified elsewhere in the Bible. I’m going to … Continue reading

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