From the current book we are studying

(from newest to oldest)

Living Faithfully Under a Non-Believing State (Ezra 6.12)

Just as God used King Cyrus of Persia to further his plans for the Jews, and Cyrus offered a prayer to him, King Darius of Persia did the same, many years later. What do these prayers by unbelievers teach us about prayer and the work of God? How should a believer live under a State that does not share that faith?

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Prayer and the Surprising Acts of God (Ezra 1.3)

The book of Ezra opens with a proclamation from the King of Persia, Cyrus. The first words of the book tell us that it was Cyrus’ first year as king, and that God caused Cyrus to issue this proclamation throughout the land. The proclamation says that any Jews who are still alive in his lands may now go to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple. More surprisingly, Cyrus prays that God will be with the Jews. What can we learn from this prayer of a pagan King?

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The Prayers in the book of Ezra

The person of Ezra, along with Nehemiah, are two of the greatest men in Israelite history. They are both credited with being key figures in bringing the Jews back from Exile and creating a new community wrought from the destruction of the Temple and their lands. The prayers in the book of Ezra offer us an opportunity to learn about prayers of confession.

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