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Daniel’s Habit

November 15, 2009 Leave a comment

I find Daniel’s unwillingness to pray privately in Daniel 6 fascinating.

He knew he’d be thrown to the lions.

But he stuck to his regular habit of praying in front of his windows anyway.

I wonder if he was really several steps ahead of his adversaries and sensed that his God would save him from the lions.

This is one of the best reminders in the Bible that prayer really does make a difference.

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Categories: daniel, old testament, Prayer

Hezekiah’s Powerful Prayer

November 13, 2009 Leave a comment

In Isaiah 37, we learn that Hezekiah’s humble prayer led directly to the defeat of the Assyrian army.

Sacrifice v. Prayer

November 12, 2009 Leave a comment

In Proverbs 15:8, we learn that God would prefer words of prayer from “the upright” than gifts from “the wicked.”

Psalm 109

November 11, 2009 Leave a comment

David asks his enemy’s prayers to “condemn him.”

This is a surprising spiritual request.

Categories: david, old testament, Prayer, psalm

Job’s Prayer

November 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Why is Job’s prayer immediately followed by a description of his reinstated wealth?

There is not a one-to-one correspondence between sincere prayer and wealth.

The text connects Job’s prayer to the sins of his friends, not his wealth.

Categories: bible, job, old testament, Prayer

Nehemiah, Man of Prayer

November 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Whenever Nehemiah faces a challenge, the first thing he does is pray.

He sets a great example.

Ezra’s Prayer

November 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Ezra prayed a community prayer of confession.

Sometimes a leader prays publicly over a group’s sins to make things right.

Categories: bible, ezra, old testament, Prayer
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