4 Stars Out Of 5
Recommended Reading by brother george
April 11, 2011
Age: Over 65
The Bible being the greatest book ever written; so why all of
these other books filled with scripture, why ? Certainly not for
substitution of the bible, but they do provide clarifications,
explanations, and additional information. A good Christian book supported by biblical scripture can move you closer to God. This Book, has many treasures, that will move you closer to God. I am sharing some of those treasures, that I have found valuable to me.
Pastor Bill says, "I still practice maintaining consistent time and place to pray, organize my prayers as " ACTS ", and listen for the Spirits promptings for God's direction and wisdom. Now "ACTS" is an "acrostic" whose four letters stand for; Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.
By praising and worshipping we demonstrate respect to our Heavenly Father. Professing forgiveness of others and confessing repentance for our errors. Expressing appreciation and gratitude for those blessings we already received. Supplication, let God have control of circumstances as He is the only real God. Having an organized balanced prayer is another step closer to God.
Pastor Bill, also keeps a prayer journal and he frequently reviews past prayers And how they were answered. Writing your prayers specifically (you can leave out unnecessary detail and redundancy as He knows your circumstance) The journaling will focus your mind on God and allow you to examine your life. This will keep you from inadvertently repeating the same errors. Using "ACTS" as a pattern will keep your prayers in balance.
All I have written so far, Pastor Bill covered just in his " intro " to this book. He also said he believes God has a role for each of us to play. The needs around us, get off the bench and into the game. I started my journal following Pastor Bills suggestions.
-Give God the best part of your day
-Have a meeting place with God away from distractions
-Pray earnestly from the heart with a balance prayer. (ACTS)
-Write a page, begin with yesterday to examine your life and pray.
Pastor Bill Hybels says," When you get serious about prayer, then it is time to make the Decision; "I will learn what disciplines are necessary to fuel my prayer life, and I will practice these regularly without fail." I encourage you to benefit from the treasures to be found in this classic book on prayer.