Something wonderful and life-changing has been happening at Michael W. Smith's concerts. Recently he began closing the evening with a simple prayer of blessing woven from Scripture. The response has been overwhelming. The emails and letters of testimony are like nothing he has ever experienced in his 25 years of ministry. Far from being a 'magical' formula for extracting wealth and possessions from God, he has discovered that God's blessings are measured more by the flourishing of character in adversity than by the flourishing of stuff. The amazing result of God's true blessing is overflowing joy and peace. Unfortunately, many are robbed of the promise of blessing because they seek to be blessed more than to bless others. This beautiful work, written with writer Thomas Williams, will inspire readers to examine their hearts and learn to experience God's blessing as they seek to bless others, thus discovering the secret to drawing near to the heart of God.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Blessed to Be a Blessing 9
The Prayer of Blessing 13
1 Praying for… The Promises of God 13
2 Praying for… Spiritual Health 17
3 Praying for… a Pure Mind 35
4 Praying for… Personal Holiness 69
5 Praying for… Backyard Blessings 87
6 Praying for… Spiritual Victory 109
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm sure you will recognise the name Michael W. Smith, but maybe not as an author. H is a noted recording artist. He has written several books, also. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to find that he is a very good author I really had to think about the title of this book, Is there such a thing as an ORDINARY prayer? I would highly recommend this book to a new Christain, or to a person questioning their faith, it is the kind of book that makes you think, and will help you understand what prayer means. I was given a copy of this book, to read and review. No other compensation was given. I am not required to give a positive review. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Ordinary is defined as "commonplace, run of the mill, average" - and my first thought is that there is nothing "ordinary" about this blessing. Michael writes about things that most seasoned Christians already know, but he presents them in a way that in a way that is thought provoking and challenging, yet comforting and reassuring at the same time. The "ordinary prayer" is a blessing that God placed on his heart, and he encourages us to forget self and focus on being God's instrument to show His love to others. The blessing is broken into sections - God's promises, spiritual health, personal holiness, and spiritual victory, etc. - with room for personal thoughts and reflections. Some of my favorite quotes are: -- "The blessing received is not complete until we meet the requirement attached to it - a requirement that always involves a responsibility to others." -- "The call of Christ . . . is and always has been a call to die." -- "When we pray for God's blessing, we are praying for God to put us where he intended for us to be, doing what he intended for us to do." The Power of an Ordinary Prayer would be a good devotional resource or gift book. Fans of Michael W. Smith will enjoy his insight and personal stories. This book was provided by Worthy Publishing in exchange for my honest review.