Archive for October, 2014

Praying through the Bible #150 – Nehemiah 4:7-23 – A Prayer with Tools and Weapons

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

That they prayed is recorded. What they prayed is not. Watching them work with tools and weapons in hand, leads us to an obvious conclusion. Unrelentingly, the enemy is furiously plotting against God’s people. Their goal is to fight against, and throw Jerusalem into confusion (Nehemiah 4.8). Under Nehemiah’s leadership “we prayed and stationed a […]

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Praying through the Bible #149 – Nehemiah 4:1-6 – Praying For Failure Against Failure

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Not everyone wants others to succeed. Some wish and work for the failure of others for no good reason, maybe even for no reason at all. They are unreasonable in their reasoning. Sadly, they look at the achievement of others as indicative of their own personal failures. Evilly, they are envious of accomplishment. What should […]

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Praying through the Bible #148 – Nehemiah 2:1-8 – A Prayer in a Blink of an Eye

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

“Help!” Ever pray that concisely and clearly? A good friend said many of his prayers are just that – a one word exclamation begging for divine intervention. Most likely Nehemiah has been praying for 4 months before being questioned by the king (1.1; 2.1). Most likely part of his praying is pleading for an opportune […]

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Praying through the Bible #147 – Nehemiah 1 – A Prayer that Shows Effective Praying

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Inundated by emails and cell phones, it is nigh impossible to experience the isolation distance brings. Nehemiah is in Persia, the remnant in Jerusalem. When his brother returns he eagerly asks concerning their welfare. Unwanted news (Nehemiah 1.1-3). Being distraught should lead to prayer; prayer is often more than mere words. Nehemiah weeps and mourns […]

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Praying though the Bible #146 – Ezra 9-10 – A Prayer for Repeat Offenders

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Big sins often begin with small steps. Returning from exile, never again do the Jews commit idolatry. But they easily could have, had it not been for Ezra. The leaders report, “the Israelite men have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons;” and “the leaders and officials have taken the […]

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Praying through the Bible #145 – Ezra 8:15-32 – A Prayer for Traveling Grace

Friday, October 17th, 2014

The phrase is not written in Scripture, but the idea is: Traveling Grace. The idea is spiritual and simple, asking God for safe travels. Most times, most of us probably are too harried by preparation – and kids – and exhausted from the trip upon return, to immediately ask or thank God for “traveling grace.” […]

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Praying through the Bible #144 – Ezra 7 – A Prayer of a Qualified Man

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

“God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” Ever hear that? Along those lines, good hearted people encourage others by showing the shortcomings of God’s greatest servants: Abraham was a liar; Sarah a mocker; Jacob a cheater; Moses an excuse maker; Miriam a racist; David a sex maniac; Jonah was prejudiced; Gideon was […]

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Praying through the Bible #143 – Ezra 3:10-13 – A Prayer I Can’t Imagine

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Imagine what it had to be like. No, I don’t think it possible. It’s good to try, sometimes. Sometimes we just need to accept instead of explaining and failing. Hoping to help by empathizing, compassion ignorantly says, “I know how you feel.” Thankfully most don’t know the tragedy personally. “If I were you,” some boldly […]

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Genesis 13 and Genesis 2-3

Monday, October 13th, 2014

When Abram and Lot separate, the part of Canaan Lot chooses is compared to the Garden/gaan of Eden (Genesis 13:10). This is an inspired clue that this story is a repeat. So is this the only narrative comparison? Or are we supposed to see history repeating itself? As I have said again and again, the […]

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Praying through the Bible #142 – 2 Chronicles 34 – A Prayer Acted Out

Monday, October 13th, 2014

OK, it bothers me. It’s not there and should be. Have you ever felt that way about a Bible story; that something essential is missing? It is recorded about lesser kings; even mostly evil ones. It is recorded about equally great kings; even emphasized. So why is it missing in Josiah’s story? Maybe it isn’t. […]

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