Prayer

R. M. Smith; photo courtesy R. M. Smith

What Prayer Can Do: God's Business

A mother opts not to interfere in her son’s problem, but to leave the matter in God’s hands.

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Prayers of thanks

Why ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ Belong in Your Prayers

Making manners matter when you petition the Lord

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How to Speak to God with Just One Syllable

Our prayers can contain just one breath of a word to unleash the biggest, most wondrous concepts ever.

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How Two Hummingbirds Summoned Her Strength

The pandemic lockdown isolated and worried her. But then two birds encouraged her to stay strong. 

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Illustration of a dog holding a pair of sunglasses

His Dog Taught Him a Lesson in Love

Gracie the golden retriever—and a nudge from God—showed him that love doesn’t always come easy. 

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The Power of Adding Just One Word to Your Prayers

It doesn’t take much to extend your prayers’ reach to people and places around the world.

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A Mother Learns a Lesson in Letting Go

The detour she took led her down an eye-opening road.

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Her Injured Dog Taught Her to Trust in God

A trip to the vet became a lesson in overcoming doubt.

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How Saying Grace at Dinner Is a Time to Talk to God

The deeper stuff of the day can come out as a family gathers around the table.

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31 days of prayer

31 Days of Bible Prayers

How to guide and enrich your daily time with God

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Daily prayer practice

The Comfort of a Daily Prayer Practice

How everyday conversations with God lead to serenity and peace of mind.

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Rick Hamlin on healing in the hospital

Hospitals as Holy Places—Prayers and the Process of Healing

God works through our prayers as well as nurses, doctors, techs and aids.

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Processing grief

10 Scriptures to Help You Pray Through Grief

When it comes to sharing our sorrow, there’s no better place to turn than God’s own words.

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A thoughtful woman gazes out a window

Prayer Power: Be a Better Thinker

Walk, journal, seek silence and other ways to reflect, reason and think deeply.

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