Answer to prayer
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Have you ever said that something was an “answer to prayer”? That phrase is freely used to refer to any number of situations where things happened to turn out favorably. I’ve probably attached that phrase to situations that I didn’t even pray about. But think about what that phrase really means. If something was an answer to prayer, it means that things would have turned out differently had it not been for prayer. A single prayer or a series of... Read More
Prayer is like that
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Being a Christian writer has its challenges. Having nothing to say is one. So is getting tired of the sound of your own voice. So I stare at the screen hoping a good idea crawls out from among the pixels. Prayer is like that. We don’t know what to say anymore. We get weary of the routine of it and waiting for an answer. And then God tells us to do it without ceasing. Prayer is never one and done.... Read More
Praying a scary prayer
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I like to pray easy prayers. You know the ones: “Please bless me. Forgive me for the things that are technically a sin but really aren’t that bad. Send your angels to watch over my family. And help the persecuted people all over the world. Amen.” I’m not so good at praying a prayer like David prayed in Psalm 139:23: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Asking God to search, to... Read More
The Lord's Prayer: The Address
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Jesus’ public ministry lasted for three years. He spoke to many different people on many different occasions. The four gospels preserve only relatively small amounts of his precious words. He clearly spoke about the same topics in similar language at different times. Both Matthew and Luke record slightly different versions of the magnificent prayer he taught his friends to use. “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord,... Read More
Devoted to prayer together
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The apostle Peter was once sprung out of prison by an angel who infiltrated perimeter security, cut the chains right off Peter’s wrists, and led him out. Did he go home after that? No. Where, then, did he go? He immediately went to find his friends. They had been so worried about Peter that they were gathered together praying. Seeing him come through the doors was a stunning and direct answer to their group intercessions. God loves when you pray... Read More