Blog — Praying Through the Bible
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This is such a short, simple prayer—yet one we all hope we could pray at the end of our lives. Nehemiah stands as one of the better examples of a faithful believer, and this prayer can serve as a goal for us.
The last prayer passage dealt with outside pressures and crises. This one addresses some internal problems having to do with the rich taking advantage of the poor. In a modern Western society that has no abject poverty, what can we learn from this prayer?
This prayer is offered by Miriam and the women of Israel, after God delivered them from the Egyptians through the Red Sea. Prayers are often set to music—the entire book of Psalms is a hymnbook of lyrics for which we no longer have the music. Miriam’s prayer-hymn, and the one by Moses and the men before it, offer us some ideas as to how we can use music in our prayer practice, too.
When we are passionate about something, we don’t want to wait around for it. We want to move ahead, make plans, take action. For a believer, there is a time to do that, rather than “waiting on the Lord.” But our “passion” should not be the driving force of our actions. Prayer should play a significant part of anything we do, and Nehemiah’s prayer here shows us the right way.
Based on the original introductions in the full Praying Through the Bible volumes 1, 2, and 3, this book expands on that material, offering more details and more examples, as well as a longer section on McDowell’s approach to studying the prayers of the Bible.
In this day of radical tolerance (except against those who refuse to tolerate indiscriminate toleration), most of us are likely to judge anyone who offers a curse-prayer. Yet they are part of the Biblical tradition of prayer. What can we learn from this one, and in our age, is a curse-prayer ever appropriate?
The last prayer in Genesis is one of the shortest in the Bible. Yet it brings a powerful message of faith. This short prayer has a surprising number of ways we can use it in our own prayer practice.
What is the connection between prayer and action? Between God’s actions and our responsibility? This story of Nehemiah and his prayers gives us the answers to those questions.
In modern world (at least in the Western world) we do not offer many prayer vows. Many may not even know what a “prayer-vow” sounds like. Yet, there are many prayer vows in the Bible—two in Genesis. Dr. McDowell examines the practice of prayer-vows—both proper ones...