Archive for January, 2013

Praying through the Bible #27 – Exodus 14 – A Prayer of Forgetfulness

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Do you ever look back at your prayers in shame? An advantage to having a “good forgetter” is periodically I get surprised when reading the Bible. Forgetting what I know, the story becomes “new” again. What did I forget this time? That Israel forgot. The 10 Plagues are over, devastating Egypt economically and emotionally. Israel […]

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Praying through the Bible – Exodus 4:27-12:21 – A Prayer of a Transforming Servant

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Not a born leader, watching Moses “grow into” a servant leader is a humbling, possibly stressful and shaming lesson. If an 80 year old man can change…. What’s the secret? Serving, believing, affiliating, interceding, and getting personally involved. As placated by grace, before his first trip, “Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders […]

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Praying through the Bible – Exodus 4:10; 6:10,30 – A Prayer of Excuses

Monday, January 28th, 2013

There are excuses, and there are reasons. Can a reason turn into an excuse? Can the reasonable become replaceable with faith, by Spirit given gifts? Going down to Egypt, every thought and word of Moses expresses hesitancy, inadequacy, and stubbornness (4.1-11); accompanied by grace-placated submission (Ex 4.14-17). After the mission successfully “fails” (4.21), Moses blames […]

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Praying through the Bible – Exodus 4:18-6 – A Prayer of a Successful Failure

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

If you plan to fail and you fail, did you fail or succeed? More than just a funny conundrum, the answer may be a little too close to home, too personal and applicable. Add to that this: If you don’t succeed according to how God wants you to succeed, did you fail or did God […]

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Praying through the Bible – Exodus 3-4 – A Prayer of the Unqualified

Friday, January 25th, 2013

When God calls, the Almighty doesn’t ask for resumes of our qualifications listing our skills, success rate, experience or education. God does not want our confidence in ourselves; God wants our confidence in Him. God doesn’t want our talents; God will give His gifts. God does not call the qualified; God qualifies the called. It’s […]

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Praying through the Bible – Genesis 49 – A Prayer of Last Words

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Death is knocking on your door; the family is gathered around your bed. Carefully you choose your last words, to be forever etched and echoing within your loved ones’ memories. Each family member approaches, and you share with them your last will and testament consisting only of words. In Patriarchal times, these are called blessings. […]

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Praying through the Bible – Genesis 37-50 – A Prayer Evident Life

Monday, January 21st, 2013

No prayers of Joseph or conversational interactions between him and God are recorded in Genesis. Neither are there examples of his “calling on the name of the Lord” or altar building. Since “Praying through the Bible” emphasizes prayer and prayer-like passages, should I include him? If I did, it would not be just because Joseph […]

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Praying through the Bible – Genesis 32:24-32 – A Prayer of Victory in Defeat

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Within Holy Writ, there are inspired scenes understandable and beyond comprehension. Some can only be discussed with educated or uneducated opinions, or “I don’t know’s.” Jacob’s wrestling with God (Gn 32.24-32) is “one of those.” Some, embarrassed by this awkward revelation, symbolize the wrestling as a dream or a prayer. So why is Jacob pictured […]

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Praying through the Bible – Genesis 32-33 – A Prayer of Prepared Dependence

Friday, January 18th, 2013

I need to be honest about two truths. First, I often feel inadequate in helping others when all I can do is pray. Then I spiritually flog myself for my unfaith. Am I more powerful than He who hears my prayers? Am I more loving and compassionate? Friends, there is nothing inadequate about prayer. Second, […]

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Praying through the Bible – Genesis 29-30 – A Prayer of “Lovelessness”

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Leah’s story is the story of many women. If single, accept it’s better to be alone and unmarried, than married and alone. Leah is alone but married. Happiness is easier to find by yourself than despite someone else. If single and pregnant, don’t think “doing the right thing” equals getting married. Years ago, such might […]

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