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A Prayer to Meditate in the Scriptures

By Erwin W. Lutzer

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall mediate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”—Joshua 1:8

Most of us wish that God would work on us while we’re asleep so that we could wake to face the day with unwavering confidence and faith! We wish that good intentions, combined with attending church once a week, would bring about permanent changes in ...

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A Prayer for Your Family and the Fathers of Our Nation

By Erwin W. Lutzer

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”—Deuteronomy 6:6-7

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of ...

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A Prayer that Our Love for God Might be Greater than Our Love of Sin

By Erwin W. Lutzer

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”—Deuteronomy 6:5

Love is not an emotion that can be turned on or off like a faucet. Love—true love—involves a deep abiding commitment to the one who is loved. Of course it involves the emotions but it is also rooted in the mind and the will; it means we surrender our lives for the good of someone else. In fact, in this text, as in so many other places in the Bible, we are exhorted to love ...

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A Prayer for Freedom from Self-Incrimination

By Erwin W. Lutzer

“Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”—Romans 8:33-34

There are millions of people who go to church on Sunday and confess their sins, but they are not converted as a result of this exercise. If we had to confess all of our sins in order to be saved, salvation would be beyond reach. For one thing, we can’t remember all of our ...

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A Prayer for Faithfulness in Suffering

By Erwin W. Lutzer

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us…but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”—Romans 8:18, 23

Our suffering is a challenge to our faith. After all, we think if God loved us, He’d remove the obstacles that bring us so much anguish and pain. Most of us aren’t good at suffering. The German theologian Helmut Thielicke observed, “Americans don’t know how to suffer ...

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A Prayer for Assurance

By Erwin W. Lutzer

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”—Romans 8:14-17

God has given us many benefits through faith in Christ ...

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A Prayer that We Might not be Ashamed of the Gospel

By Erwin W. Lutzer

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’”—Romans 1:16,17

Why would anyone be ashamed of the Gospel? Why does Paul pray that he might not be ashamed of this message of hope and salvation? The answer is that the Gospel is offensive to the unconverted person. The very notion that the ...

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A Prayer for God’s Favor

By Erwin W. Lutzer

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them: The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”—Numbers 6:22-27 

What a difference “face time” makes! Today in business, networking by using Skype is preferable to connecting by telephone because you ...

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A Prayer for Holiness

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.’”—Leviticus 19:2

There are many ways in which we cannot be like God; we’ll never possess attributes such as omniscience, omnipotence, or omnipresence. But one way in which we can, in a measure, be like Him, is in the matter of holiness. “You shall be holy, for I am holy” is a scriptural refrain.

In a word, we are to be imitators of God in matters of holiness. Holiness should be the ...

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A Prayer for the Fear of the Lord

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off and said to Moses, ‘You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.’ Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.”—Exodus 20:18-20

Is it true that the fear of God is ...

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