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A Sentry Keeping Watch in Prayer

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  And every day Mordecai walked in front of the court of the harem to learn how Esther was and what was happening to her. Esther 2:11 The story of Esther is the story of God’s amazing providence. Working behind the scenes, God brings the beautiful Esther to the royal position of Queen at exactly the right time so that she might intercede for her people. But beneath this wonderful story is heartache. The Babylonians had ransacked Jerusalem and taken away Esther’s relatives. Now living as exiles, Esther is an orphan. Her mother and father had died. Mordecai, her older…

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Two Uncommon Ways a Parent Can Pray

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But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6 Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16 As a pastor, it has been my privilege to be financially supported so that I might give myself to the word and prayer. When it comes to prayer I still consider myself in first grade. I humbly confess my lack of prayer and lack of knowledge of prayer. Knowing how little I know, I would still like…

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Are You Praying Together Regularly?

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Don’t Compartmentalize For some reason, church-going couples have compartmentalized their religious life and their marriage life. The two may never meet. So if we are having marriage conflicts, often the last thought is, “Have we prayed about it together?” But praying together is in fact a balm for many of our problems and an inoculation for many others. Many of the problems we are having may be the result of neglecting prayer together. Besides the effect on God, praying together has the mystical effect of binding hearts together. Something happens when two individuals go to the throne of grace together….

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A Father’s Intercession

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When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”  So Jesus went with him. Mark 5:21-24 This week we read of Abraham’s intercession for the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. He is our example of pleading with God for…

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