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Praying for the coming elections

I have a confession to make. I've voted in maybe about 15 national elections over the years, and I can't remember a time when I asked God which candidate should get my vote. To be honest, my prayers for elections tend to be more about me informing God who I've decided the right candidate is and asking him to get that person elected. Seems a bit backward, doesn't it?

I've participated in prayer groups in the past that focus on praying for our country and have come to realize…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on September 22, 2010 at 12:42am — 1 Comment

Does God answer prayer against His will?

Sometimes we like to put God in small boxes whose boundaries we can understand and cope with. The problem is, that as a free and sovereign Being, God isn't accountable to us for staying in the boxes we like to create.

Here's one: "God will never answer a prayer against his will." In a technical sense, that's true, because if God answers a prayer, then He has decided to do it. But in a broader sense, the spirit of the statement is not true. Case in point - the Israelites asking…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 21, 2010 at 9:10am — No Comments

A must-read: Bingham Hunter's "The God Who Hears"

I recently finished re-reading a book that may well be my favorite book on prayer: The God Who Hears, by Bingham Hunter. I really appreciate the premise of the book that prayer begins with God, not with us. God is the one who draws us to prayer; we tend to see prayer as us coming to God when actually it's Him drawing us into His presence.

Hunter begins where prayer really should begin - with who God is. He deals with several…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 15, 2010 at 11:59am — 1 Comment

Praying for the Persecuted

I read recently an alert from the Presidential Prayer Team about the murder of 10 Christian aid workers in Afghanistan by the Taliban. (http://www.presidentialprayerteam.org/alerts/prayer-alert-01-08-07.htm).…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 12, 2010 at 11:27pm — No Comments

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