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King Solomon’s Epic Prayer

King Solomon asks God to listen to people’s repentance when they sin:

“When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to their enemies, who take them captive to their own lands, far away or near; and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captors and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly’; and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their enemies who took them captive, and pray to you toward the land you gave their ancestors, toward the city you have chosen and the temple I have built for your Name; then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you; forgive all the offenses they have committed against you, and cause their captors to show them mercy; for they are your people and your inheritance, whom you brought out of Egypt, out of that iron-smelting furnace (1 Kings 8:46-51).

In NIV order, this is the first occurrence of the word “repent” in the Old Testament.

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Categories: 1 kings, Pray, repent, Solomon

Two Prayer Parables

In Luke 18:1-14, Jesus tells the parables of the persistent widow and the pharisee and the tax collector.

In verse 1, we’re told that “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”

So we should always pray and not give up!

In verse 9, we read “To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable.”

So we shouldn’t be confident in our own righteousness and look down on everyone else.

Yep.  Pray, don’t give up, and be humble.

Categories: jesus, parable, Pray

So You Want To Be a Pastor?

Symbols of ChristianityImage by JL Outdoor Photography via Flickr

This epistle is written as a primer and encouragement to Timothy, a young pastor and friend to Paul.

Here’s a brief outline:

  1. Be careful of false teachings
  2. I, Paul, am a positive model
  3. Pray lots
  4. Paul’s thoughts on women
  5. Elders and deacons
  6. Living like a pastor
  7. Caring for widows
  8. Concluding advice
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