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A Prayer For Strength to Love
by Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner
Loving God of all creation, clothed in splendor and majesty, how beautiful is the world you created for our habitation, reflecting the magnificence and power that is yours alone. In our sin-filled hearts and souls, we, your creation, earnestly desire to love as you love. Truthfully, we cannot even begin to grasp or even attain God-like capacity to love unconditionally, accept absolutely, or receive into our hearts completely all your children. Sadly, even our family and friendship ties are too often gift-wrapped in quid pro quo, conditions, and transactions.
Almighty God, we need your strength to love in our world wrought with human against human pain, suffering, exploitation, hatred, violence, and alienation. Your greatest commandment – ‘to love you and every neighbor as we love ourselves’ - is a daily indictment in a nation morphed into tribal separation by color, class, culture, generation, gender, and politics. God, forgive me for shutting up my love as in a bottle, dribbled out on those I judge worthy to receive it whether among family, workplace associates, those who happen my way, or in the broader world. Remind me that you love me so much that you have protected, blessed, healed, restored, sustained, favored, and provided for me through countless crises, and yes, you have also saved my sin-filled soul, while pouring out your love on me every day.
Merciful God, your word haunts me daily, “for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?” Help me now to draw on your strength that is made perfect in my weakness. Give me your strength to love, not only those who love me back but also those who may be indifferent or even hostile to my wellbeing, that I might help turn the stench of this world’s hate into the flowering essence of your divine love. In your magnificent and mighty name, I pray, Lord God. AMEN
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I Prayed, Now What? - Book and Discussion Guide
Do you want to learn how to pray with power and see results? Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner’s book, I Prayed, Now What? My Journey From No Faith to Deep Faith, is a guide for just that!
Her incredible true story from trials to triumph will teach you how to pray according to God's Word! Filled with wisdom, courage and examples of the power of effective prayer, I Prayed, Now What? reminds us about the importance of robust prayer and gives you a renewed resolve that will transform your life and carry you through the rest of the year.
I Prayed, Now What? is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn how to pray with strength and purpose. Get your copy of I Prayed, Now What? and the Discussion Guide for the special price of $19.99 (originally $30.00 for the set) plus tax and shipping. There are a limited number of copies, so, don’t wait! Also makes a great gift or suitable for group study!
Over the past year, I have had a chance to meet people across the country who have read my book. They have shared their testimonies about the role of prayer in their lives and the effect it had on them, from finding their identity in Christ to winning spiritual battles. This year is an invitation to grow deeper with God. We are at a pivotal time in our nation and in the world. Maybe you’re facing a health issue, caring for an aging parent, worried about your child, trying to get your life together after a divorce or worried about the 2020 year. Whatever the situation, I believe that God can bring hope and healing to you! – Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner