Civic Prayers
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So the Satanic Temple won’t be leading prayers in city hall after all. The Phoenix city council voted last Wednesday to end the practice of praying at its sessions and instead will offer a moment of silence so that people can reflect in any way they choose. Some of the Christians in the crowd at the public announcement were pretty bitter about the decision. So were reps from the Satanic Temple, which was ready, able, and willing to take its... Read More
No prayers necessary? Really?
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Americans are experiencing mass murder fatigue. One of the saddest outcomes of the San Bernardino shootings is that in frustration we’re turning on each other instead of on the perps. Everyone wants somebody to do something, but nobody has any great or clear ideas. A Twitter war has broken out between advocates of greater gun control and those offering “thoughts and prayers.” The New York Daily News is ready for action. Yesterday its cover story headline read, “God Isn’t Fixing... Read More
How cool is the Lord's Prayer?
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Is it OK to call prayer cool? I think so, and I hope you do, too! I think the Lord’s Prayer is a marvelous discipline for putting aside your own agenda and getting in tune with God’s agenda. It really is the way to a much more fulfilled and happy life. If you look at the Lord’s Prayer, it’s a “hello” statement, and it’s a concluding statement, and then seven requests are in the middle. The hello statement, “Our Father... Read More
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“What’s the impossible thing you don’t believe God can do?”  The discussion question posed to our Bible study group last week was followed by silence. Crickets. I racked my brain for an answer, and, finding nothing, proudly determined I had such great faith that I believed God can do anything.  Until my friend spoke up. “I don’t always believe God will do the little things, and sometimes I feel silly praying for them,” she said. “I was in a wedding... Read More
Seven Sour Prayer Attitudes
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What keeps people from praying more? Enjoying their prayer life more? What hindrances do you find in your own prayer life (or lack thereof)? Here are seven sour attitudes that I've come across (full disclosure—some of these attitudes come from within my own brain, I’m sorry to say): #1  Patronizing attitude: I don’t want to insult God by appearing to tell him things he already knows. If he’s really omniscient, he doesn’t need my reports. If he really loves me,... Read More