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Pray, Christian, pray!

Pastor Nathan Wagenknecht contributed this editorial for the May issue.

I saw it in fine print as I was looking ahead in my planner. Then I flipped some pages on the calendar hanging on my wall and saw it again, right under the picture of purple flowers with a mountain in the background. There it was in the square reserved for May 5, the designation “National Day of Prayer.”

Wow! A national day of prayer!

I rejoice that a day on the calendar encourages me to pause and pray. To remember that the almighty God invites us to call on him and promises to answer. To reflect on the truth of James 5:16, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Covered with Christ’s righteousness, we pray with confidence because the One to whom we pray is all-powerful and will respond.

Prayer is a precious privilege. So why don’t we celebrate the National Day of Prayer more?

Explore these articles from the May issue:

Do you mind if I come in?

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There’s a knock at the door. You answer it to a familiar face on the other side. The person says, “I was in the neighborhood, so I thought I’d stop by and say hello. Do you mind if I come in?” Or, “I haven’t seen you in a while. I was wondering if everything is okay. . . ."

Parent conversations: How can we help young adults stay engaged in the church?

Parent conversations: How can we help young adults stay engaged in the church?
Nearly two-thirds of 18- to 29-year-olds in the United States say they have withdrawn from church involvement as an adult, even though they were active as a child or a teen (Barna Research). As a Christian psychologist I examine this trend using theories from . . .

The communion of saints

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After graduating from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, some classmates and I climbed Mount Sinai. The climate meant that we had to be dropped off at the base of the mountain in the middle of the night. If we climbed during the day, we risked turning into crispy . . .
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