Jonah's Prayer of Complaint

Leanne VanDyk

READ : Jonah 4 Jonah prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord! . . . I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O Lord, please take my life from me . . .” (vv. 2-3) It takes a clueless prophet to complain about God’s grace, mercy, and love, and to turn Israel’s great confession of faith (see Psalm 103:8) into …

Daniel's Prayer of Praise

Leanne VanDyk

READ : Daniel 2:1-24 To you, O God of my ancestors, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and power. (v. 23) All the wise men of Babylon were sentenced to be executed because they could not interpret King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. At the eleventh hour, “with prudence and discretion,” the story says, Daniel requested a little more time. “What’s the big rush?” he asked the executioner. That night Daniel received the dream’s meaning. Imagine the relief …

Hezekiah's Prayer for Healing

Leanne VanDyk

READ : Isaiah 38:1-6 Remember now, O Lord, I implore you, how I have walked before you in faithfulness. (v. 3) Such a short, simple prayer certainly had a remarkable result. King Hezekiah was very ill. When the prophet Isaiah told him his death was near, Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and wept bitterly. He also prayed for healing. His prayer mainly reminds God of how good and faithful Hezekiah had been (as if God needed to be …

Nehemiah's Prayer of Confession

Leanne VanDyk

READ : Nehemiah 1 We have offended you deeply, failing to keep the commandments, the statutes, and the ordinances that you commanded your servant Moses. (v. 7) There are at least six prayers of Nehemiah in the book that carries his name. Nehemiah knew how to pray. When some of the Jews were allowed to escape captivity and return home following Persia’s conquest of Babylon, Nehemiah remained in service to the Persian emperor. He anxiously asked a friend who had …

Solomon's Prayer of Dedication

Leanne VanDyk

READ : 1 Kings 8:22-30 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built! (v. 27) When an ocean liner or aircraft carrier is dedicated, a dignified official smashes a bottle of champagne against the side of the ship. When King Solomon dedicated the temple in Jerusalem in all its glorious splendor, he stood before the altar of the Lord and prayed a very …