The C.H.R.I.S.T. Challenge!
By Dr. Richard J. Krejcir
Allow Christ to Challenge you to live for the faith!
Commit-myself to a relationship with CHRIST with trust and obedience; through prayer, His word, my actions, and relationships! Matthew 22:36-38
Honor-Christ with all my life with morals and values; through, thoughts, words, and deeds! 1 Timothy 4:12
Respect-my parents and authorities, with love and honor! Ephesians 6:1-3, Romans 3:1
Involve-myself with other Christians with love and encouragement! Hebrews 10:24-25
Seek-God through prayer...relating to Him with all our needs and desires...asking that He bring my friends and school to spiritual renewal! 2 Chronicles 7:14
Take-the initiative with bringing Christ's message to your school; with care by prayer. Do not fear, or allow others to miss out on life's greatest gift and adventure! Acts 1:8
1. Where are you going in your life, what is your direction and source of inspiration?
2. Have you ever dreamed of living like your favorite TV or movie Star?
3. Read John 14: 1-7 concentrate on verses 5 & 6 How is this like a map?
4. Do you think you can receive satisfaction in material things, why or why not?
5. What is your most urgent need?
6. What do you count on?
7. Look up the two challenges your group has been assigned, what does God's Word say, how can you obey?
What would your life be like if you took this challenge seriously?
A.C.T.S is an acronym or axiom that points us to the Lord's Prayer and other Scripture, and gives us precepts so we can divide up our time and purpose to engage in prayer with a correct devotion and attitude. "ACTS" refers to the percepts of prayer-the categories of Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.
First off, there is no "method" or process on how to pray, as there is no specific principle on how to talk to your mom or best friend. We just do it. Yes, there is edict, attitude, and good ways versus bad ways to communicate. Thus, God does give us a pattern as a checklist to make sure our time and attitude are lined up to more of His will and less of ours. We must make sure we use our payer time with purpose and effectiveness.
What if I have never been taught how to personally pray or to talk to God? What if I grew up in a church that never had conversational or personal prayer? What if I offend God? But if you know how to talk and listen then you know how to pray!