Troy Schmidt is an author and television writer with credits at Disney, Nickelodeon, Tommy Nelson and Lifeway. He has written for Max Lucado's "Hermie and Friends" series and is a producer for "The American Bible Challenge" with Jeff Foxworthy. His other book titles include "Saved," "Release," "40 Days," "Laughing Matters," "In His Shoes: The Life of Jesus" and other editions in this Praying Through the Bible series, including Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Troy has a number of children's books out including "Their Side of the Story," where the animals tell their side of famous Bible stories and "Little Tree Found." He is also a Campus Pastor at First Baptist Church Windermere, Florida.
Praying Through Genesisby Troy Schmidt
Genesis helps us to understand where it all began and why things are the way they are. It shows us the importance of Israel and how God
Genesis means "In the beginning." Genesis is about beginnings - the beginning of creation, time, mankind, relationships, sin and salvation. The only thing Genesis is not about is the beginning of God, who always was and always is.
Genesis helps us to understand where it all began and why things are the way they are. It shows us the importance of Israel and how God protects and guides a people dedicated to him. Genesis shows us that God has a plan and if you follow that plan, he will lead you to eternal life. Genesis sets purpose in motion.
The faith of Abraham reveals a belief that moves from knowledge to trust. It knows confidently that all be okay with God in control. Every promise will come to fruition.
For us, as we pray through Genesis, we see ourselves - sinful and disobedient, needing reconciliation with God. We see God working through us to develop an incredible plan. God is all about fresh beginnings and new horizons and Genesis shows us how He does that.
PRAYING THROUGH THE BIBLE SERIES
What is God's word?
Simply put, it is the word of God spoken to people long ago who transcribed that information into writing. That writing was meticulously passed down for thousands of years to speak to us today.
How did God speak to people in Bible times?
• Audibly - God spoke directly to people who heard him with their ears or in their heart.
• Through situations - God spoke through the actions and events of this world.
• Through people - God spoke through leaders, kings and prophets who proclaimed God's purpose.
• Through prophecy - God spoke about future events, then those events happened.
• Scripture - God spoke through his written word when people read those words later.
• Prayer - God spoke through the prayers of people.
PRAYING THROUGH THE BIBLE SERIES recognizes the power of God speaking to mankind through His Scriptures. God's word was not only meant to be read, but applied. We must apply ourselves to these passages and adjust our lives to God's will.
Today, God uses many ways to speak to us. This book incorporates those avenues of communication to ensure that God will speak to you during your quiet time with Him.
Each section asks the reader to do six things.
1. Read the passage. Open up the Bible and read His Word.
2. Memorize the passage. A certain verse is given special focus. Commit it to memory. Remember it all day.
3. Understand the passage. Background information (Time, Characters, Place, What's Happening) help you to understand the context of the section you are reading.
4. Read the prayer. Read the written prayer as if it is from your heart. Don't recite them as words from a page, but a plea from your soul.
5. Keep praying. Prayer prompts are there to help you continue praying about other specific areas. Listen to the Holy Spirit and see if there is more you need to pray.
6. Journal your thoughts. In the space provided, write down some thoughts that you feel God said to your during this time.
Every so often I've included a "Prayer Thoughts" page to give you more room to journal your thoughts and write down prayer requests as you go through the Bible.
Get ready to spend some quality time with God.
Get ready for God to speak to you through His Word.
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