Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Prayer: Knowing God

“I believe…that the proper study of God's elect is God; the proper study of a Christian is the Godhead. The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father.” Quoted in J. I. Packer, Knowing God, 17.

A tool to help you to pray (A.C.T.S.)

A (adoration): Before thinking of anything else, focus on the person of God first. Begin your prayer with praise and admiration of our God. There are certain natural attributes of God that set Him apart from His creation:
His omnipresence: He is present everywhere at the same time (Ps 139)
His omniscience: He knows all things (Ps 139)
His omnipotence: He is all-powerful (Ps 139)
His immutability: He never changes (Mal 3:6; James 1:17)
His eternal nature: He has no beginning and no end (Ps 90:2)
His sovereignty: He controls all things (Ps 135:5-6)
His triunity: B. B. Warfield, “…there is one only and true God, but in the unity of the Godhead there are three coeternal and coequal Persons, the same in substance but distinct in subsistence” (“Trinity,” ISBE, 3012). See Dt 6:4; Is 46:9; Matt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14.
C (confession):
T (thanksgiving):
S (supplication or intercession):

• Praise God for His great character!
• Meditate on an attribute or two this week on the character of God.

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