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Pray with Me

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Often when we pray for others, we either fall into meaningless repetition, or submit a grocery list of requests to God, hoping that He’ll respond to our wishes and desires. When we’ve finished praying, we end up being unsatisfied, fretful, and uncertain as to whether or not we can trust God with the assignment we’ve just given Him.

My personal experience has been that such “need-based” praying is often boring, filled with uncertainty, and reduces prayer to a meaningless exercise.

What if we changed our perspective on prayer and began to pray Scripture? What if we echoed back to God ...

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A Prayer to Die to Self-Will

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”—John 12:24-25

When Satan rebelled, there were now two “wills” in the universe. From now on, one of God’s creatures would oppose the Almighty—unsuccessfully, to be sure—in all that he would do. And a drop of Satan’s rebellion has fallen on every human heart. If we expect to be mightily ...

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A Prayer for the Glory of God

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Please show me your Glory!”—Exodus 33:18

Imagine what this short prayer means! The children of Israel were delayed in their journey because of idolatry. While Moses was on Mount Sinai, they made a golden calf to have a “god” like the other nations. God was very angry, and Moses—bless him—threw down the stone tablets that were written by the finger of God. After confronting the people about their sin, the perpetrators were put to death.

Moving forward, God made this suggestion: that His Presence—the fire during the night and the cloud during the day—would no longer accompany them ...

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A Prayer for Patience to let God do His Work

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today…The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” —Exodus 14:13,14

Pharaoh has finally let the Israelites leave Egypt after the firstborn sons of that nation were put to death by the Angel of the Lord. Now that the waters of the Red Sea have parted for them to walk though, they see the chariots of Egypt pursuing them, intending to capture them to return them to slavery, or worse. The Israelites are terrified and ...

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A Prayer for the Faith to Forgive

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.”—Genesis 50:19-21

These are incredible words from the lips of Joseph. Twenty years earlier, his brothers had sold him as a slave to a caravan on its way to Egypt. With the death of their father, Jacob, these brothers are afraid they will not be fully reconciled to ...

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A Prayer for God’s Presence in the Midst of Injustice

By Erwin W. Lutzer

And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison, But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison…the keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the LORD was with him. And whatever he did, the LORD made it succeed.” —Genesis 39:20,21,23

Think of the significance of these words.

Joseph is imprisoned, based on a false accusation ...

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A Prayer Against Fear and Greed

By Erwin W. Lutzer

After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” —Genesis 15:1

Let’s understand the importance of this promise! Four powerful kings of the north plundered the five kings of the south (near the Dead Sea) and carried off all the treasures of the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah.

When Abraham learned that Lot was among the captives, he rallied 318 troops and pursued the attackers all the way north to Dan (about 140 miles!). Then he continued his pursuit ...

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Day 30 – From My Heart to Yours

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Today’s Reading: John 17
Today’s Reference: 1 John 3:1a “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”

Jesus longs to have a personal relationship with you. That’s the whole point of His life on Earth and His sacrificial death. God could have accomplished His purposes in some other way… but this was the only way He could be “God with you,” adopt you into His family, and show you how much He wants your fellowship.

If you already have a personal relationship ...

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Day 29 – The Two Ways

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Today’s Reading: Acts 3:11-4:4
Today’s Reference: Hebrews 4:7b “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

 

The story of the crucifixion really only affects people in one of two ways.

For some, and I pray you’re one of them, the story softens the heart. It makes us aware of the severity of our sin and the boundless love of God. It draws us to salvation for the first time, or makes us reaffirm our commitment to Christ in fear and trembling.

But for others—far too many others—the story hardens the heart. Every ...

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Day 28 – A Personal Love

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Today’s Reading: John 14:16-17
Today’s Reference: John 20:29 “Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not see and yet have believed.’”

“Mary,” He said, and she knew Him at last in the tender sound of her name. Of course, Mary Magdalene was not married to Jesus, but she had traveled with Him and joined with other women who had a close relationship with Him. When she called Him “Lord” or “Master,” she knew Who she was talking to.

You and I don’t have Jesus here ...

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