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Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith Paperback – September 1, 2011
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One year to a more intimate relationship with God
How would life be different if you could think, see, and do all things in light of the person and work of Jesus? With this inspiring collection of 365 Scripture-centered prayers, pastor Scotty Smith helps you pray the Scriptures through the lens of the gospel, mining the great resources of God's grace and applying them in every season of your life. No posing. No pretending. Just an honest, no-spin relationship with a God who claims you as his own.
Each day includes a Scripture reference and an inspirational original prayer, born from moments of great faith and times of crisis. Like a modern-day book of Psalms, Everyday Prayers is a pathway to growing in grace that you will want to explore year after year.
"Knowing Scotty has been one of God's greatest gifts of grace. Being able to 'boldly approach our Father's throne' with this friend every morning through these prayers has been a treasure. We believe these prayers will prove to be some of the richest moments of your day."--Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman
"Scotty's prayers blast my heart every day with the good news and radical implications of Jesus' love for us. Whether Scotty is leading us to pray about the struggles in our hearts, God's work in the world, the beauty of creation, or the taste of good food, Jesus is the focus and hero of all these prayers."--Michael W. Smith
About the Author
Scotty Smith is founding pastor of Christ Community Church (PCA) in Franklin, Tennessee, and has seen its membership grow to over 3,000 (including many notable CCM musicians and insiders). He has also planted five daughter churches in the Nashville area.
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I've loved starting my day meditating on these prayers and plan to continue to do so. I've found that I've reflected often during the course of the day on a particular prayer and also been stimulated in praying my own prayers about a day's topic.
He writes that this is a book that had been writing him, as he documented an entire year’s worth of his longings, struggles, and hopes. He tells us that he started by opening up his Bible, turning on his laptop, and began praying through a few of his favorite verses. Writing his words as he prayed forced him into a slower pace and helped his concentration. After a few weeks this became a new discipline for him that he continues to this day as he “prays the gospel”.
He began to share some of his prayers with friends who were going through some of the same heartaches and difficulties as he was. As the word got out, others began asking for the prayers. He then starting sharing with his church, and started a small distribution list, which has now grown to thousands of people around the world.
He writes that the book is “a whole year’s worth of groaning and growing in grace—365 prayers that reflect a lot of gospel lived through a lot of stories and circumstances, joys and sorrows, theological propositions and ongoing questions.”
One of my final assignments in seminary was to revisit some of my previous classes and assignments. My favorite class in seminary was Scotty’s “Disciplines of Grace”. One evening in early 2014 we enjoyed a wonderful phone call looking back at the class. As our time was ending, Scotty asked “Can I pray for us?” So I was able to hear him pray just as you will through this wonderful book. Why not join me in making this book part of your daily devotional reading in 2016. Each reading/prayer takes only a few minutes, and you will be amazed how many times they address something that you too have been dealing with.
I totally agree. Thanks, Scotty!
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