The Defiling of Dinah

The Defiling of Dinah

Lord, we ask now that You would give us grace to hear what we need to hear, learn what we ought to learn from this difficult passage. Teach us Your ways. Keep us in Your paths. Forgive us our sins. Grant us mercy when others sin against us. Open our ears, O God, that we…

From Jacob to Israel

From Jacob to Israel

Almighty God and merciful heavenly Father, we humbly submit ourselves and fall down before Your throne, asking You from the bottom of our hearts that the seed of the Word now to be sown among us may take such deep root that neither persecution nor the worries of life could choke it out, but as…

Possessions and Peace

Possessions and Peace

O Lord, Your Word is more to be desired than gold, than much fine gold. It is sweeter than honey, than drippings of the honeycomb. By Your statutes we are warned. In keeping them, there is great reward. Keep us innocent from hidden faults. Protect us from presumptuous sins. Let them not have control over…

Reproach and Rejoicing

Reproach and Rejoicing

O great God, help us now to hear Your Word. We are hard of hearing. We are slow to understand. We struggle to pay attention. We struggle even more to repent and believe. We ask, therefore, that You would give us ears to hear Your voice as You speak to us through Your holy, inspired,…

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

O Lord, Your Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Your testimonies are our heritage forever. They are the joy of our hearts. We incline our hearts to perform your statutes forever, to the end. We open our mouths and pant because we long for Your commandments. Turn to…

Blessing and Anti-Blessing

Blessing and Anti-Blessing

It’s one of the most famous openings to a novel in all of literature, “Happy families are all alike, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” That is the first sentence to Leo Tolstoy’s 1878 novel Anna Karenina. It’s lots of hundreds of pages, and I’m a pretender in giving this opening illustration….

Water and Worship

Water and Worship

The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense. Lord, we pray according to Your Word that You would give us righteous words from Your lips. We know that we can count on only righteous words from You, and so ask that we would not be fools who die for…

When Desires Deceive

When Desires Deceive

O Lord, we pray that You would deal bountifully with us, Your servants, that we may live and keep Your Word. Open our eyes that we may behold wonderful things out of Your law. Your testimonies are our delight. They are our counselors. Speak to us, God, for we are listening. In Jesus we pray….