Introduction I'm an expert on religion. It's what I do. In fact, I'm probably one of the most religious people you know. I write religious books, do religious broadcasts, speak at religious conferences, and teach in a religious graduate school...where...
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Introduction I'm an expert on religion. It's what I do. In fact, I'm probably one of the most religious people you know. I write religious books, do religious broadcasts, speak at religious conferences, and teach in a religious graduate school...where I teach religious students to be more religious and how to teach other religious people to be more religious. (A friend of mine says that religion is for people who don't want to go to hell, and the Christian faith is for people who've already been there.) While I am an expert on religion, I'm not an expert on God. Nobody is. God confuses me, and when it comes to what he's doing, why he's doing it, and why it hurts so much, I'm long on questions and short on answers. Paul asked the rhetorical questions: "Who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been hiscounselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?" (Rom. 11:34-35 esv). The answer is, of course, "Nobody here!" That doesn't mean that I don't know anything about God. He has, for some reason I've never understood, called me to be his servant and friend. For some reason, he has asked me to talk about him to others. I wouldn't do it for anybody else but him. I have too many sins and too many doubts, and I'm way too cynical about myself and about lots of other things. That's why it was such a surprise when I was asked to write a book on prayer. The original publisher made the proposal and offered a fairly large cash advance to write it. I laughed at him. (I didn't laugh at the advance because I'm so spiritual. The advances and royalties from all my books go to Key Life Network, the ministry with which I'm associated. Not only that, they aren't that big anyway. Howard Books, take note.) "You're kidding," I said, pointing to my library shelves filled with books on prayer. "We don't have enough books onprayer?" "Plenty," he responded, "but they're written by experts." He thought he was making a joke (well, maybe not), but his words were the only reason a flawed, sinful, and sometimes wrong old preacher like me would ever write a book on prayer. In fact, the more I thought about it, the more I realized there really was a need for an honest book on prayer written by someone who wasn't an expert but was a "man of prayer." A friend of mine told me once that he thought God had called me to be a teacher so that others could say, "If Steve can do it, anybody can!" Anybody can! That's the reason for this book. It's from a man (me) who has been there, tried that, and is telling you about what he discovered. One of the good things about a publisher's publishing a rewrite of a book (as Howard Books is doing) is that the author gets a reality check. I've often said to conferences and congregations, "Half of what I just taught you is wrong. I'm just not sure which half. So you're going to have to do some checking for yourself." That's not true with this book. I've made some changes here and there. I've expanded the book with some things I've learned since I wrote the first one. And I've added some of your own prayer stories. But, believe it or not, I haven't discovered anything majorly wrong with the first book. So, if you've read the first one, you don't have to buy this book. The first one still works. Uh...erase that. Buy the book. Key Life needs the money. Approaching God 2008 by Steve Brown one Prayer 101 Our prayers must mean something to us if they are to mean anything to God. -- Maltbie D. Babcock The best prayers have often more groans than words. -- John Bunyan God has not always answered my prayers. If he had, I would have married the wrong man -- several times! -- Ruth Bell Graham John Owen, the seventeenth-century Puritan theolo
A spiritual guide on how to pray cites the importance of focusing on God rather than on oneself, while it defines the basic theology of prayer and addresses such issues as unanswered prayers.
Dr. Steve Brown is one of the most sought after preachers and conference speakers in the country. Having had extensive radio experience before entering the ministry, he is now heard daily on the national radio program, Key Life, and an afternoon talk show. He served as the senior pastor of Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church for 17 years before joining the Reformed Theological Seminary faculty as Professor of Preaching. He is the author of more than a dozen books including How To Speak So People Will Listen, Jumping Hurdles, Hitting Glitches; Overcoming Setbacks, Scandalous Freedom, When being Good is not good enough, and What was I thinking?. Dr. Brown has also served on the board of Christianity Today. His TV program, Hashing It Out, a discussion of issues with Tony Campolo, is seen in 25 million homes weekly, and his TV program, The Late Steve Brown, was widely viewed on Sunday evenings