Pastoral Series

Prayer: Courage

Prayer: Courage    In our culture of complaint, fear, rancor, diversions, pleasure, triviality and self-centeredness, we could use a little (or actually quite a bit of) courage.  Dorothy’s friend the Lion travelled the Yellow Brick Road to seek courage from the Wizard of Oz.  We not only...

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Prayer: wandering mind

Prayer: wandering mind They didn’t diagnose attention deficit disorder when I was a child, but I am sure I’ve got curious form of an embarrassingly short attention span.  I read four or five books at a time, unable to stay focused on one.  I work two minutes on this, and then my mind flits...

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Prayer: the four moods of prayer

Prayer: the four moods of prayer    The vast majority of the time, when we use the verb “pray,” we follow it immediately with the preposition “for.”  Will you pray for my mother?  I prayed for healing.  Let us pray for the poor. What if you tried for a day, or a week, to pray, and...

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Prayer: Does prayer work?

  Prayer: Does prayer work?    People ask if prayer “works,” or complain if it doesn’t.  Some people think my prayers, since I’m a pastor, are more likely to “work” than regular folks’ prayers.  But would we hang a percentage on prayer successes? We speak of...

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