Tag Archives: Theology

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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Praying for Relief

My life has been packed with travel, learning, teaching, and prayer in recent weeks. I have spoken to groups in Georgia, Tennessee, and Washington (the state). I’ve had a physical fitness test within three weeks of oral surgery (I do … Continue reading

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A Post-Labor Day Prayer About Work

“A man can do nothing better than eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This to, I see is from the hand of God” (Ecclesiastes 2:24). Have you considered your work as a way of serving, even praising, … Continue reading

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A Prayer for an Unjust Nation Threatened by Terror

He prayed while his contemporaries trusted in rituals and practiced a syncretistic religion that mixed elements of nature religion with nationalism and the worship of God. He prayed while a hostile nation sent its armies to eradicate cities and demoralize … 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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Yearning for God in the Night

“The way of the righteous is level; O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous. In the path of your judgments, O LORD, we wait for you; your name and your renown are the soul’s desire. My … Continue reading

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Father, Hear the Prayer We Offer

What does the homeless woman pray as she huddles under a cardboard shelter? What did the religious among the schoolchildren who drowned in South Korea pray as they sank beneath the surface? What does the unemployed veteran cry out to … Continue reading

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Praying With An Undivided Heart

In the midst of Psalm 86’s barrage of “calls for fire” (14 petitions) is a penetrating insight enclosed within a request, “Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart that … Continue reading

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As a Runner Prays

In this deviation from my normal posts, I share with you an attempt to merge my loves for God, poetry and running: A squirrel scurries up a nearby tree, Startled by a heavy rhythmic tread. The leaves of trees and … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Strength Every Morning

The army of a major military power had destroyed a sister nation to the north already. Now it marched into Judah. In the presence of this challenge to the faith of followers of God, the prophet Isaiah pronounced a curse … Continue reading

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