Archive for May, 2013

Praying through the Bible #64 – Joshua 5:13-15 – A Prayer When God is Neither

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Did you ever dare to wonder in prayer, out loud, or in the secret recesses of your own mind, if God is a friend or foe? The answer today, right now, just might be, “neither.” The writer of Joshua wants to exalt Joshua as the successor of Moses: God speaks to both Moses and Joshua […]

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#63 Praying through the Bible – Deuteronomy 33 – A Prayer of Last Words

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Certain cultural norms are more meaningful and worth emulating than others. Talking to our children before we die is definitely one of those. Before Moses dies, he blesses his “children” (Dt 33). Moses “looks at each tribe and prays for its well-being in the light of its characteristics, inclination, and capacities. The blessing, a poem […]

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#62 Praying through the Bible – Deuteronomy 32:1-43 – A Prayer that is a Honest Song

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure I want to be as perfectly honest as this song reveals. I prefer the naïve hope of “I’ll Never Forsake My Lord” which promises “Though the tempter in efforts bold, Or in subtly as of old, Should essay to allure my soul – I’ll never forsake the Lord.” […]

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#61 Praying through the Bible – Deuteronomy 26:12-15 – A Prayer of Religion Done Right

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

True religion always puts God first, and when we put God first, we help others. God commands His people to use His blessings as blessings. The blessed are not fortunate because they are blessed, but because they give blessing to others. Religion has never been about God only, or sacrifices for the sake of sacrificing, […]

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#60 Praying through the Bible – Deuteronomy 26:1-11 – A Prayer of Total Dependence

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Many things are beyond my comprehension, but one of the most simple is fully grasping how totally dependent upon God I am. Intellectually I know it, but I can get so busy working and providing for my family that I don’t think about it. How easy is it to think when I look at my […]

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#59 Praying through the Bible – Deuteronomy 21:1-9 – A Prayer for Innocence Among Murderers

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Around 40% of all murders in the USA go unsolved. That’s 6,000 murders per year where the authorities are unable to bring closure and justice. No doubt these numbers vary yearly, and city to city. No doubt such is a stain on the moral standing of a nation and a destroyer of hope among the […]

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