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How to Pray Scripture

How to Pray Scripture


On the National Day of Prayer in the first part of May, as I drove I heard someone on the radio praying for the nation from II Chronicles 7:14 which says, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.”

As I drove, I quoted the scripture with the speaker and was surprised when they left off half way through the scripture dealing with our wicked ways and God’s response if we will do our part.

In order to enjoy God’s blessings, we have to DO what He requires, before we see Him move on our behalf. How can we fulfill His requirements if the person speaking doesn’t tell us what God says to do?

It’s a little like someone giving us a treasure map and says, “X marks the spot.” When we look at it, half the map is torn away. We need to hear and do the whole truth in order to receive the treasure.

In my quiet time this morning, I was drawn to Ezra 9:6-15 and Daniel 9:4-19. Both are powerful prayers because they give a powerful pattern of how to pray for God’s intervention. Click the blue words to be taken to those scriptures.

What do you think? Have you seen God intervene as a result of prayer?


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A Look Back

A Look Back


Forty-three years ago today, I recorded in my journal, “Lord, what do you want me to do with these poems I’ve begun to write these past two years?”

I had 373 poems typed, and in a box. The box was beginning to overflow. Jesus’ admonition about hiding your light under a bushel had been heavy on my mind for several days.

Searching in the yellow pages under “publishers” brought me to the Nazarene Publishing House in Kansas City. I knew nothing about the publishing business, so a put a label on the box and mailed it to the publishing house with a letter offering them for publication.

A couple of weeks later, the box reappeared on my porch. The enclosed letter stated they “didn’t accept unsolicited submissions” and told me when they did solicit, they were only interested in two to three at a time. I took that as a rejection and shoved the poems back under the bed–although I wasn’t sure what an unsolicited submission was.

I kept writing poems, unaware of any writing groups.

Twenty-three years later, my church announced they were starting a writing group with the Royal’s pitcher, Dan Quisenberry, as the leader. Our eldest daughter, Jennifer, had recently had a spinal cord tumor removed. I wanted to tell the miraculous story of how we found a doctor in New York who would perform the high-risk surgery since all doctors in Kansas City had refused to take her case.

Through Dan’s encouragement and knowledge of other writers, I wrote the story and attended a Christian writers group ( and a secular writing group Kansas City Writers Group (

The first story I published was about that stressful time with Jennifer. Now it’s in God’s Little Miracle Book, the first of three miracle books I’ve published.

As of today, I’ve published ten books and teach beginning readers with the Kansas City Writers Group. I also speak at writing conferences. God does answer prayer–in His timing, not ours.

Praying for our Leaders

Praying for our Leaders


God has told us to pray for those in authority. Since we have some new authorities over us, it might be a good idea to pray for them.

There is a little-known scripture that appears in 1 Chronicles 12:32 that seems a little out of place here in a list of genealogy. It reads: “And of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do . . .”

Since wisdom comes from the Lord, and we are told to ask Him for our needs, it makes sense to ask that our leaders (and those under them) would be like the sons if Issachar, men who understand the times with knowledge of what to do.

What are your thoughts?


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Praying for our Government

Praying for our Government

I Timothy 2: 1-2 says, “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”

Paul urges us to pray for those in authority as a first priority. How many times have we glossed over that part?
But what should we pray? According to Psalm 110:11, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” That wisdom is God’s wisdom, not man’s wisdom. We don’t possess that kind of wisdom–unless God gives it.

In a list of mighty men who followed King David in I Chronicles 12:32, we learn of “the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do.” Wise men are mentioned again in Esther 1:13. King Ahasuerus was surrounded by “wise men who understood the times . . . who knew law and justice.”

Since President-elect Trump is choosing his cabinet at this time, perhaps we should pray for him to pick men (and women) who possess God’s wisdom, who understand the times with knowledge of what the U.S. should do, who know law and justice.

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When in High Waves

When in High Waves

Jesus walking on water

Matthew 14:27
But immediately Jesus spoke to them saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Jesus directed His disciples to row across the Sea of Galilee at sundown while He stayed behind to pray. After they had rowed for many hours in contrary winds they were worn ragged. Between three and six in the morning, they saw something coming toward them and were terrified. They thought it was a ghost. Jesus called to them to take courage; that it was only He and not to be afraid.

Aren’t we the same? When adverse circumstances beat on us like waves against our small boat, do we feel as though God has forgotten us? That we will never make it through to the other side? That we will go down to the depths alone?

Jesus is waiting for us to notice Him there, near us—as close as the whisper of His name. He hasn’t forgotten us. He is only waiting for our desperate cry.

Lord Jesus, Lord of land and sea
and all that is in them,
I call to You, my Lord,
my Savior. Help me!
Deliver me! Save me
lest I sink in these deep waters.

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Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord

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Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Have you ever been brought to a place or circumstance that you were at a loss to know what to do or say? As if you were up against a brick wall and you were stuck in forward gear? Everything in you screams, “There is no way out! We’re going down!”

Stop. Remember you are not alone. The One who promised to never leave you or forsake you it is here. He’s waiting for you to call out to Him. “Jesus!”

Trust in Him and His ability to carry you through this. He is the always-existing, Almighty One who never slumbers nor sleeps. Lay down in His arms. Know you are safe there. Know He has your best interest at heart. Know that He has a way where there seems to be no way.

Stop trying to think of a way out. He’ll make a way. Take courage. He has your situation covered. Listen for His instructions. Then be ready to do what He says.

Almighty God, giver of all wisdom,
I lean my full weight on You today.
Guide my steps. Author my thoughts.
Do Your will in and through me
to Your good pleasure.
Thank You for Your very present help
at all times.

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A Fresh Look

A Fresh Look


How many times do we pray and pray and think God hasn’t answered because I doesn’t look like how we pictured the answer?

He asks us to ask, seek, and knock, (Matthew 7:7), but nowhere does He leave the scripting to us. That’s His job. We’re not in charge. He is.

Many of the people who viewed Jesus, missed who He was because He didn’t look like the person they had scripted in their minds. He didn’t arrive on a white horse. He didn’t come and conquer Rome. He didn’t rule with an iron hand. He didn’t even have a place to call His own, let alone a palace.

Do we miss His very best for us while we expect Him to hatch the plan we’ve chosen, when all the while He’s answered us in an unlikely or unexpected way?

Perhaps we should repent of trying to be the script writer and leave the choices to Him. It seems to work best that way since our vision is short-sighted to say the least.

Begin this new year with praise and thanksgiving for His choices. They are always for our best.

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God’s Prescription for Healing

God’s Prescription for Healing

Jesus the Healer
With Ebola banging on our door it might be a wise thing to search God’s word, the Bible, for His prescription for our healing. He has a prescription for all our needs whether it be physical, mental, or emotional healing. Here is a page from my new book Looking Deeper.

Exodus 15:26
And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer.”

In order to enjoy God’s divine health, we must do four things:
Give heed to God’s voice (hear and obey)
Do what is right (pleasing in His sight)
Give ear (listen) to His commandments
Keep all His statutes (His prescribed limits, boundaries, laws and conditions).
God lists some of the diseases of Egypt in Deuteronomy 28:27 which are, “boils, tumors, scab, and itch, from which you cannot be healed.”
But there is hope. Jesus has come to heal us. Perhaps as a nation and individuals, we need to repent to see His healing. As long as we’re still breathing, God’s mercy extends to us. Let us call upon Him now.

Father, forgive us.
We have listened to the world and obeyed its voice instead of You.
We have gone our own way and failed miserably.
We have written our own rules and fallen far short of Your desires.
We have run rough-shod over Your boundaries
and neglected Your conditions.
In Your mercy, please cleanse and heal us as individuals
and as a nation, so we might enjoy Your favor once again.

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Healing the Brokenhearted

Healing the Brokenhearted

Bible comfort

Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

This scripture not only refers to individuals. It also includes nations. Do you know any person or nation that is a wreck; is crushed or ruptured?

Some come to mind immediately. They need more than a band-aid and a couple of aspirin. They need a major overhaul. No amount of human effort is going to bring healing to these wounds.

Only Jesus, the All-powerful God, can restore, heal, bind up, these gaping injuries and sorrows. Only Jesus the Great Physician. He waiting for us to ask. Will you?

Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth,
come in and bind up these wounds.
Set the crooked straight.
Heal the unhealable.
These situations are beyond our help;
only You are our Healer, our Deliverer,
our Hope.
We stand to see You, Jesus,
bring the healing we so desire.

Beginning God’s Way

Beginning God’s Way

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Genesis 1:28
And God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

I never cease to be amazed what you can learn by going back to the original Hebrew language in the Old Testament or the Greek in the New Testament to find out new depths of meaning in the Bible. For online reference I use You can type in a scripture reference and it will pop up. If you want to look at the original language, there is a tab at the top of the page marked “Strongs.” Little numbers now appear next to the words. Click the number. It will take you to the original meaning of that word.

When I looked up “blessed” from the scripture above, I found the word meant “to cause to kneel.”

How many people go through their whole lives and never kneel before the One who created them? How many charge ahead with their life plans and never seek the One who has written all their days in His book before they have lived even one of them (Psalm 139:16)?

Perhaps the first step we should take is to bow before Almighty God and ask for His blessing and guidance for His thoughts to fill ours and His words to fill our mouths before we begin.

Father God, I bow before You
my Creator, my Savior, my Friend.
I ask for Your guidance and empowerment
that I might accomplish all the things
You have written for me to do
in Your book before time began.

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