Prayers of Celebration

Pack Prayer with Praise The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. Psalm 97:1 Four psalms use the phrase “The Lord reigns”—Jehovah malak (Psalm 93, 96, 97, and 99). Each of the psalms is a hymn of praise, celebrating the universal sovereignty of the one true God and exhorting all people of the earth to …

Samson’s Prayer

My Way or God’s Way? O Sovereign Lord, remember me, O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes. Judges 16:28 If the Tribe of Dan Regional High School had published a yearbook, Samson would’ve certainly been the Athlete of the Year. Can you imagine his …

Pray for Leaders

Prayer, not Posts I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1–2 Twitter wars and Facebook rants. Heated arguments around the dinner table and in the employee break room. The …

Call the Elders to Pray

Prayer for Healing, Praise, and Repentance Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. …

A Prayer of Celebration

Confident Joy My heart rejoices in the Lord, in the Lord my horn is lifted high; my mouth boasts over my enemies for I delight in your deliverance. 1 Samuel 2:1 Answered prayer doesn’t always mean absence of difficulty. In 1 Samuel 1, God gave Hannah a son. She named him Samuel, “heard by God,” because she knew he was …

A Prayer of Desperation

 Mired in Misery Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea—the Lord on high is mighty. Psalm 93:4 Floundering in frustration, swamped by sorrow. That’s where we meet Hannah in 1 Samuel 1. She was barren, and in her culture barrenness was considered punishment—God’s punishment for disobedience. After all, if children were a …

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 …