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January 27, 2014, 10:04 AM

I Don't Know What to Say (in Prayer)!


Have you ever heard someone make the remark, "I don't what to say" in regards to prayer? I have! Generally it is spoken by a young person who has been asked to pray. However, adults are not immune to making this statement either. I have found that many times the opposite is true in my own life: I don't know what to leave out in prayer! 

Years ago I was taught to pray using the old acronym: ACTS.

ACTS stands for:

Adoration (praise to the Lord)

Confession (admitting and turning from our sins)

Thanksgiving (we have a lot to be thankful for)

Supplication (pray for self and others)/

After learning this simple guide for prayer, I then heard a sermon by Dr. Ed Young of Second Baptist Houston. He shared how his fingers are like a prayer list for him. I must confess that I cannot all of these years later remember what he said each of his fingers stood for in his usage of this technique. I did however tailor it for what works for me and each begins with an 'L.' 

My five finger prayer list is (beginning with the thumb):

Leaders  

Laborers

Lost people

Loved ones (ring finger with marriage band on it),

Little ole me (pinky).

When I combine these two techniques, the ACTS guide and the five finger prayer list, I find that I have plenty to pray about. Try it. Tailor it for you. The Lord God Almighty longs for his children to draw near to Him in prayer and longs to respond with good things.

Prayerfully,

Parson Jay




January 23, 2014, 11:35 AM

Daily Bible Reading


One of the best things I have added to my life is daily Bible reading. I cannot begin to describe to you how this has blessed and benefited my life. I first used a daily Bible reading schedule which you find in some Bibles. As years passed, I developed my own method.

My method is fairly simple. I read three chapters from the Old Testament and one chapter one from the New Testament each day. I read it slowly, carefully and most of all prayerfully.

I generally read the Old Testament straight through with one exception: I generally skip over First and Second Chronicles and read it at the end after Malachi. I will confess to reading parts of Leviticus and Numbers and 1 Chronicles quicker than other sections.

In the New Testament, I read by groups. I have a Matthew group, a Mark group, a Luke group, a Paul group and a John group.

After reading Matthew, I read: Hebrews, James, Jude.

After reading Mark, I read First and Second Peter.

After reading Luke, I read Acts. 

In the Paul group, I read from Romans to Philemon.

After reading John, I read First, Second, Third John and Revelation.

Try it. Start small, but aim to be consistent each day. Choose a specific time each day to prayerfully read the Bible. You might set a first goal of reading through the whole New Testament in a year. If you read one chapter a day, five days a week, you will read the New Testament through in a year! Five chapters a week is a managable goal! Remeber, God desires to speak to you and to meet with you. God's Word endures forever! 

Blessings to you!

Bro. Jason 


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