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A Prayer When Adrift

As our small boat moved away from the floating house we had just visited, choppy waves rocked it and, I will admit, made this poor swimmer rather uneasy. When our vessels motor stalled, my apprehension increased I thought about Jonah’s … Continue reading

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Sleeping When We Ought to be Praying

Jonah was on the run from God. God had given him a mission that grated against Jonah’s prejudices. Jonah hated Assyrians; God called Jonah to preach to the Assyrians in their capital city of Ninevah. Jonah ran to the port … Continue reading

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The Impact of Emotion on Prayer

Environment and emotions sometimes shape our prayers as much as a desire to please God. At a gathering of charged-up believers, our prayers may resound with joy and assurance of victory. When a child dies or another interview fails to … Continue reading

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We Pray for Hope

We pray, closing eyes, bowing head. We cry, wringing hands, clutching side, Illness strikes, suicide shocks, hope dies, Promise fades, friends vanish, only lies. Hurting eyes begin to glisten, Surely God will pause to listen, Will apply salve to this … Continue reading

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Prayer When Suffering and Confused

The biblical book of Job poses paradoxes and disputes that confuse the ablest of scholars. A righteous man suffers total loss of possessions and is afflicted with a horrible disease. His friends and peers first sit silently and compassionately with … Continue reading

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Master, The Tempest Is Raging!

Yesterday, my wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. We set out on a “road trip” to explore the countryside of Northeastern Arkansas. I enjoyed the beauty of the hills and farmland through which we traveled. She took photographs of … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Call for Fire

Unexpected prayer warriors sometimes call for fire to the Lord in the Bible. The Old Testament routinely assesses each ruler of the northern Kingdom of leading the nation into sin, engaging in the sin of Jeroboam (who established two rival … Continue reading

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A Prayer for the Harassed and Helpless

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of … Continue reading

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When God’s People Humble Themselves and Pray

If Paul in 1 Timothy 1:15 could describe himself as chief of sinners, then King Manasseh might have argued that he was next. Manasseh ruled fifty-five years, more than any other monarch of Judah or Israel. During most of his … Continue reading

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Prayer’s Role in Christian Leadership

How do church leaders include prayer in their decision making process? The next time you attend a meeting where decisions will be made or leaders of a group will function, observe what part prayer plays.  Ask yourself, “Is this how … Continue reading

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