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1 Timothy 2:1 – Thanksgiving

| December 7, 2016

Thanksgiving is not just a holiday, it is a word describing prayer (1 Tim.2:1). Pray a thanksgiving prayer but not just on thanksgiving. Enrich your prayer life by learning and practicing the different types of prayer. Have a thanks giving prayer life.

Psalm 6 – Praying through the Bible #170 – A Prayer of Pain Before Praise

| December 23, 2015

Before a psalm is taken apart and analyzed, each needs to be experienced, even felt, as our emotions overflow and overtake our minds. We need to allow the Psalms to take apart our lives as it takes part in our lives. To experience Psalm 6 we have to experience the pain and the praise. To […]

Psalm 5 – Praying through the Bible #169 – A Morning Prayer of Changing Emotions

| December 22, 2015

My morning prayer: “Dear Lord, thank you for two layers of covers (it is winter), a bathroom close to my bed (I am getting old), and a hand to hold while I sleep” (I am still very much in love). You might be thinking this prayer’s contents are first mundane, then TMI, and finally sweet. […]

Psalm 4 – Praying through the Bible #168 – A Prayer for Freedom from Self

| December 10, 2015

We all care what others think of us. Some admit it. Some are controlled by it. Others react against it. We can pretend we don’t care; but other’s words and opinions often hurt. The cloaked emotional crisis is what others think can lead beyond thoughts and words; dangerous actions can result, sometimes by “me.” Psalm […]

Psalm 3 – Praying through the Bible #167 – A Prayer of Help, Honor, and Hope

| December 8, 2015

The best French fries are at Ollie’s Trolley. I got to eat these growing up when my father would take me to his workplace. One Saturday he did not take me, so I gathered my friends, and we stormed his office. My father’s friends looked out the window. Seeing us on the march they warned […]

Job 38-42 – Praying through the Bible #166 – A Prayer Finally and Frightfully Answered

| December 1, 2015

Scratched into a wall in Germany during World War II by someone hiding from the Nazi’s are these faithful words: I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when I am alone. I believe in God even when He is silent. Nothing may be more frightening than […]

Job 30:20-31 – Praying through the Bible #165 – A Prayer of Felt Betrayal

| March 23, 2015

Silence. A silent stare. A turned back. Aggression. Resignation. Contempt. Confusion. Disappointment. Restlessness.  Disease. Ignored. Cast out. Which of these hurts the most? The answer might depend upon the definition and direction of hurt. Job is praying. Again. “Again” is painful knowing that if he had been answered the first, second, third, fourth, or fifth […]

Job 21 – Praying through the Bible #164 – A Prayer from the Wicked

| February 24, 2015

“Why do bad things happen to good people;” is the inverse of “Why do good things happen to bad people?” Most of the rich are unbelievers. Many shadowed by “bad luck” are believers. How do we reconcile this reality with a good God? Something strange happens in Job’s second response to Zophar. He repeats the […]

Job 16-17 – Praying through the Bible #163 – A Prayer About His Children Dying

| February 14, 2015

Was Satan right about Job? Satan’s challenge is this: Would Job be more adversely affected by the ravaging loss of his health (Job 1.22), than the loss of his children (1.11)? Hearing Job talk, it isn’t until the second round of speeches that this godly man even mentions his children: “Surely He has now exhausted […]

Job 13-15 – Praying through the Bible #162 – A Prayer About Resurrection

| February 6, 2015

My relative was schizophrenic. Those who suffer, endure mentally twisted hallucinations and delusions forming false realities. Making this practical, pain can make us experience what I’ll call “sane schizophrenia,” producing unearthly realities. Pain can produce an irrationality of hope superseding human experience. This pained induced thinking then enables us to expand beyond man’s reality, to […]