Today, Chuck Webster asks, Does Prayer Work?, in his devotional thought centered in the book of James.
Days earlier, we failed to share Richard Mansel’s article, Attitudes Necessary for Prayer, on Forthright Magazine.
Let us pray and let us ponder the place and power of prayer in our lives as God’s people.
God who controls heaven and earth,
Again, the bombs of terrorism have exploded,
Again, lives have been lost and hundreds injured,
The pleasure of competition turned into a field of war.
Save those who have been injured, O Lord,
Let your people offer hope,
May those who see no sense in this slaughter,
Understand that peace is far from the earth. Continue reading
The heart is slow, behind the head,
To rest upon the truth it knows;
Until the two are joined and wed,
His patient love to man God shows. Continue reading
Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I
Might walk a holy man, and please
In every step, to satisfy
Your will, offering the kingdom’s keys
That men to self might die;
I seek Your face — if man think ill,
So be it — Your Spirit on me spill.
Father, let that which is to you an abomination be also to me an odious thing; may I prize justice, righteousness, wisdom, and goodness, all of which flow from your hand, and in them you delight.
What have we done, O God?! Forgive our rebellion, remove our sin of self-enthronement!
Purify our hearts and motives. Purge our minds of wavering doubts.
Let love reign supreme. Let our devotion be single and exclusive.
Our heavenly Father, make our actions as quick as our words. Let us speak little and act with integrity.
Let us put away excuses and accept responsibility for our lives. Wake us to the consequences of our actions.
Help us choose those behaviors that show the earnestness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Lord, make us see with eyes of faith your providence and care for your children, as you guide us in the ways of Christ.
Fix in our hearts the eternal purpose in Christ so that we may share it with others who flail about with no direction.
Deliver your people! Empower the nation that belongs to you! Care for them like a shepherd and carry them in your arms at all times! (Psa 28.9 NET).
We trust in your promise to do this. Amen.
None is good, O God, but you,
None unfailing, none so true,
Only justice from your throne,
Blessed to know and to be known.
Life unending in your light,
Gone are pain and earthly fright,
Death is banished from the street,
In its midst the righteous meet. Continue reading