There are hundreds of prayers in the scriptures of Jews and Christians. They are incredibly rich and diverse, and make many modern prayers seem dull and lifeless. They are exciting, difficult,  funny, and  even disturbing. We’re using them to shake up our own prayers and:

  1. Understand the purpose of prayer
  2. Discover new styles and ways of praying (that are not really new at all).
  3. Become more confident in where, what, how, and when to pray.
  4. Enrich prayer in ways you may never have thought possible.
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Calling and Prayer (Neh 1.5-11)

Sometimes God calls us to do unexpected things—perhaps life-changing, perhaps just altering a daily course. But rather than dive right into action, the right thing might be to spend time in serious, open prayer, like Nehemiah.

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Introduction to the Prayers in Nehemiah

As the book of Ezra focused on rebuilding the Temple and learning to be faithful, so the book of Nehemiah focuses on rebuilding the walls of the city and learning to be faithful. These themes are also found in the prayers, and provide an excellent study for our own prayers when we seek renewal of our faith.

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Summary of the Prayers of Ezra

The prayers found in the book of Ezra take place during a unique time in the history of Israel: the King of Persia sends Ezra to lead a large group of Jews back to their homeland after decades of exile. They are to rebuild the Temple and restore their religious practices and worship.

In such a unique period, we might think the prayer would be so specific that they would offer us little to learn for our own prayers. But, like so many other prayers in the Bible, there are always new perspective and insights.

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Podcast 10 – Hagars Lament (Gen 21.16)

Have you ever cried while praying? Actually cried out loud? I don’t know of many who admit to it, but lot of people in scripture do so. Maybe it is a difference in cultures: people of Middle East (both ancient and modern), tend to be more demonstrative than do Westerners. In this study, we have our first encounter in the Bible with someone who cries as she prays to God.

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Prayer and Divorce? (Ezra 10.1-11)

Why, in this story, is divorce the solution to the people’s sin? There are other passages of scripture which declare that God hates. It is the context of the story that can help us understand the prayer, the divorce, and the terrible and unintended consequences of wrongdoing.

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Vol 1: Genesis–Joshua
40 prayer studies and a devotional application.

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Vol 2: Judges–2 Samuel
47 prayer studies and a devotional application.

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Vol 3: 1 Kings–2 Chronicles
60 prayer studies and devotional application.

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Also available as individual volumes for each biblical book.

The Prayers of Genesis
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The Prayers of Exodus
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The Prayers of Leviticus & Numbers
Kindle | iBook
The Prayers of Deuteronomy
Kindle | iBook
The Prayers of Joshua
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The Prayers of 1 Samuel
The Prayers of 2 Samuel
Kindle | iBooks
The Prayers of Judges
The Prayers of Ruth

The Prayers of 1 Kings
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The Prayers of 2 Kings
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The Prayers of 1 Chronicles
Kindle | iBooks
The Prayers of 2 Chronicles
Kindle | iBooks

The Prayers of Ezra

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