O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

Trusting God’s Love But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:5-6. Do you ever look at your old high school yearbook and wonder what’s happened to your former classmates? George Matheson, a brilliant student, could have been voted “most likely …

Jeremiah’s Prayer of Faith

Faith in God’s Faithfulness This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope …

Sweet-smelling Prayers

Our Prayers Matter to God I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you. May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.        Psalm 141:1-2 Have you ever wondered if your prayers are important to God? Recently my husband was cleaning …

Prayer of Frustration

God’s Complaint Department Moses said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? … You have not rescued your people at all.” Exodus 5:22–23 Moses and Aaron obeyed God. They delivered God’s message to Pharaoh: “Let my people go” (Exodus 5:1). But instead of freeing the Israelites, Pharaoh made them work harder. The Israelites turned against Moses and …

Confession and Renewal

Receiving Grace Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2 Sometimes during vacation, my husband and I visit a different church. …

Prayers without Words

God Hears Our Groans God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. Exodus 2:24 On my knees beside the bed, I knelt to pray. My mind whirled and my heart ached. But no words came. Several minutes passed before I whispered, “Help me, God. Help me.” Ever been reduced to silence before …

A Prayer of Adoration

Focused on God O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Psalm 8:1 Most of my prayers are petitions, asking God for something; or they’re laments, complaining about something. Sometimes, they’re filled with thanksgiving for something God has done for me. Very few are focused on God, …