Pray for Me, and I’ll Pray For You (2 Thessalonians)

As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. (2 Thessalonians 3:1) When is the last time you prayed for a fellow Christian that the message of the Lord would spread rapidly and be honored?  Personally, I'm convicted by that question.  It's easy to lose sight of our ... [Continue Reading]

Pray Like It Depends on God (Nehemiah 1-3)

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. (Nehemiah 1:4) Being a person of prayer doesn't mean that you never take action.  However, it does mean that you have an understanding that your actions will fall utterly flat unless they're the actions that God has directed you in doing.  Such was the ... [Continue Reading]

Do You Believe? (Psalm 79; Habakkuk)

Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.  Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. (Habakuk 3:2) Do you believe the stories that you've heard about God?  Do you believe He created the world and everything in it?  Do you read through the words of the Bible and sit in awe of His marvelous deeds?  Are the words ... [Continue Reading]

Ready to Hear (Jeremiah 30-31, 33)

‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ (Jeremiah 33:3) God does not hide Himself from those who are truly seeking Him.  These words in Jeremiah testify that God is ready to speak when we are ready to hear.  One of the reasons why we don't always hear from God is that we're not really paying attention. To some ... [Continue Reading]

A Simple Prayer (Isaiah 31-34)

Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you.  Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress. (Isaiah 33:2) In times of trouble, it's natural to turn to God.  In fact, many people turn back to God when things in their lives are less than ideal.  Isaiah models a simple prayer for us to pray when we face. Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. God, we ... [Continue Reading]

The Praying Parent (Judges 12-13)

Then Manoah prayed to the Lord: “Pardon your servant, Lord.  I beg you to let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.” (Judges 13:8) Parents have a responsibility to pray for their children.  I'm a relatively new parent, and I'm learning the value of prayer in relationship to my new role.  How do I be a good father? ... [Continue Reading]

Unique Prayers (Numbers 12-14)

So Moses cried out to the Lord, “Please, God, heal her!” (Numbers 12:13) At first glance, there's nothing unique about Moses' prayer for his sister.  Most people pray for God to heal a loved one at some point in time - even those who profess no faith in anything other than themselves. What makes Moses' prayer unique is the situation leading up to it.  Faced by all ... [Continue Reading]