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Prayer, Not Despair

Prayer, Not Despair

Editor’s note: It feels like our world needs prayer now more than ever – we’re constantly hearing of natural disasters, social unrest, and political division. Even when we pray, anxiety can take over our minds when we give into our stresses. If you could use some more calm, we invite you to download our FREE

The Power of Desperate Prayer

After the dark period described in the Old Testament book of Judges, Israel’s desperate situation began to turn around with the prayer of a woman named Hannah. She had had enough and decided she could not take it any longer. Hannah was one of two wives married to a man named Elkanah. The other wife

If He Didn’t Forget, How Could We Pray?

If He Didn’t Forget, How Could We Pray? He Forgot I was thanking the Father today for His mercy. I began listing the sins He’d forgiven. One by one I thanked God for forgiving my stumbles and tumbles. My motives were pure and my heart was thankful, but my understanding of God was wrong. It

Jesus, I Need You… When I Feel Disappointment

This Mixed-up World Dear Jesus,
I’m frustrated with this mixed-up world. Everything seems turned upside down. What You’ve declared to be evil and wrong is often considered to be right and good. There are even those who change Your Word so it fits what they want to do and who they want You to be. You’re

Boundaries: Pray for Wisdom

The Serenity Prayer God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. As the Twelve Step movement grows within the church, Christians in therapy and recovery voice a common confusion. Am I powerless over my behavior? If

Go to Church, Take a Prayer Walk, Do a Prayer Dance

Planted, Plugged In, and Prepared A while back I saw a 60 Minutes special on a free diver named William Trubridge, who goes to extreme depths in the ocean on a single breath. It is incredibly dangerous. He descends 331 feet below the surface — twice the height of the Statue of Liberty — with

Pray for Joy

The Bible says in Nehemiah 8:10, Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength! It doesn’t say exercise is your strength, or hard work is your strength, or winning the lottery is your strength. It doesn’t even say joy is your strength. It’s the joy that comes from the

A Prayer for When You Feel Rejected

We live in a broken world, where rejection— even from fellow Christians— could be just around the corner. But there is good news as we wait in expectation for God’s ultimate redemption! And that is Jesus. Jesus brought with Him a love that remains . . . is constant . . . stays the same.

The Prayer of Release Brings Freedom from Blaming God

My husband and I have a friend who is gifted in many ways, but he has shut God out of his life, blaming Him for a car accident in which his sister was killed and he was injured severely enough to end his promising sports career. Years after that accident, he still bitterly questions why

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