If there's one area in my Christian life that I've always wanted to improve, it's my prayer life. I believe in the power of prayer because I've personIf there's one area in my Christian life that I've always wanted to improve, it's my prayer life. I believe in the power of prayer because I've personally seen how God worked miracles in my life through prayer. I even believe that the kind of life I have now is a result of an answered prayer and I praise the Lord for that. But s0metimes, especially when I'm at the peak of God's blessings, I tend to stop praying for m0re because I feel that I don't deserve receiving m0re fr0m Him. This book reminds me that God does n0t want us kind to have that kind of thinking because what HE wants for us is to have a complete life with Him, as promised in John 16:24 - "..ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete." The prayer of Jabez is truly a big encouragement for me because it's what I personally want fr0m GOd right n0w. I want him to really bless me and expand my terRitory, particularly my pers0nal ministry. I want to see God move mightily through me as I participate in His work to advance His kingdom. All these things can happen if I will only learn total dependence on Him and the best way to start this is to kneel down and pray. God wants his children to pray because He wants us to have fellowship with him. He commanded us to pray because he wants us to recognize that apart fr0m Him, we are nothing and indeed, praying to God is really humbling as it reminds us of our helplessness without Him. Because of this, Im excited to try praying the same prayer that JAbez did because I know that the God who answered His prayer can give me the same answer because He is the same yesterday, today and forever....more
The moment I finished reading Screwtape Letters, I immediately became a fan of this author that made me want to try his other works. Mere ChristianityThe moment I finished reading Screwtape Letters, I immediately became a fan of this author that made me want to try his other works. Mere Christianity is of course one of his most famous work that I should really not miss reading. As mentioned in one of my reviews of his other books, I really admire Lewis' wisdom in sharing his faith through his works that he was able to provide concrete illustration of the Christian doctrines by giving practical examples. Surely, as a Christian, you will immediately recognize that that wisdom does not come from Lewis alone but from God, and that wisdom and understanding he shared about Christianity, is a manifestation of a good relationship with his Creator. I think, that is what Christianity is all about - healthy personal relationship with Christ.
Unlike Screwtape Letters, it took me a while to finish this book because I feel that I need to pay attention to what the author is saying. Surprisingly, I find myself agreeing to what Lewis is saying in every chapter not because he is convincing but because it is what the Scripture also says (although it would have been better if the author also mentioned the references for the bible passages he is referring to). A number of basic Christian beliefs were discussed in this book but i'll just enumerate some based ön my unDerstanding on what the author is saying:
1. God created us and in every human, He gave conscience, that enables us to have the sense of right and wrong.
2. Alöng with conscience, He gave us free will that allows us to choose, whether to obey or disobey Him.
3. God originally made the world good. It is also because of man's disobedience that this world turn bad. ...more