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Amidst Everyday Life

How do you know that God hears your prayers? I remember a time in my life when I didn’t know the answer.

A few years ago, I listened to a teaching about how Christians must follow the format of the Lord’s Prayer while praying or else their words won’t make it to heaven. Around that same time, I would babysit for one of my neighbors on a regular basis. While getting ready to babysit one evening, I asked God if He heard me when I prayed and if my prayers had any effect. Confusion over how to pray and doubt that He was listening had stifled my communication with Him. In response to my questions, I was impressed to start talking to Him like a friend. I didn’t realize that I had slipped into a formula. But a subtle nudge from the Holy Spirit reminded me to stop my formulas and just talk
to Him.

This reminds me of something Andrew says in his book A Better Way to Pray:

“In the Bible, people knelt, raised their hands, and even looked up into heaven at times, but don’t make a religious form out of these things and require their presence in order to consider something ‘prayer.’ You can pray with your eyes open or closed, hands raised or down, standing, kneeling, or prostrate. Since meditation is prayer (Ps. 5:1), you don’t even have to talk out loud! Your communion with God should be constant” (p. 19).

God was showing me how to relate to Him in normal, everyday life. I didn’t have to follow a method; I could just be myself with Him. So, I talked to God about everything—my family, friends, dog, dreams, the past, the future—and then I asked Him to work in other people’s lives. I then wrapped it up by praying for the Christian family I was going to babysit for, whose house I was about to enter.

As I walked through my neighbor’s front door, I saw the dad preparing dinner for his two young daughters. He and I chatted for a bit, and while he was setting down full dinner plates for his girls, he blurted out, “I feel like someone has been praying for us.” He turned around and looked at me. Oh my gosh! I shrieked in my mind as I stared back at him in silence. It had just been a normal conversation with God.

In A Better Way to Pray, Andrew says,

“You just need to learn how to fellowship with God in the midst of everyday life. Do you know how to appreciate Him in the small things? Are you always trying to do something earthshaking or monumental to build your intimacy with Him? You can’t sustain your relationship that way! Adam and Eve walked in the cool of the Garden with God. I’m sure their conversations consisted of: ‘Father, I saw a flower today that I’ve never seen before. You did a great job!’ That’s prayer” (p. 47).

I realized that God Almighty was hearing my voice! Heaven was using my prayer to bless the people in my life! And it definitely made an impact. Knowing this may sound like a baby step of faith in prayer, and that’s probably true. But if babies never take that first step, they’ll never learn how to walk. John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” The line to heaven is always open, and He’s always listening. Now I just need to let God get some words in edgewise!

Are you confused or frustrated about your prayer life? Do you feel like you’re not “doing it right”? You can learn how to transform your prayer life into an intimate friendship with God. Check out Andrew’s teaching A Better Way to Pray. It’s available in CD, DVD, book, or study guide format. You can also watch Andrew teach this topic on the Gospel

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New Life in Mexico

“The Lord highlighted a girl to me to tell her about His love and how beautiful she was, but I couldn’t at first,” Charis Bible College Colorado student Esther shared. “We had been told not to say much to them because it was the first time for Charis to visit the home. I kept on getting the [nudge] to talk to her, and I got permission from one of the interns to do that. I was glad I did because it was just what she needed. She wept with joy.”

Second-year Charis Colorado students were overwhelmingly blessed by the response they received from sharing the Gospel while on a missions trip to Mexico last December. The team enjoyed various ministry opportunities, like working in an orphanage with Charis Mexico students, and ministering in churches, a hospital, and the marketplace. Almost every day of the trip, someone received either salvation or the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The team was also invited to several work projects at the Christian orphanage “Pan de Vida” (Bread of Life). Projects included painting a ceiling, exterior doors, and a fence, along with hanging cabinets. The Charis Colorado team then prepared a program for the children of the orphanage, and this included songs, skits, and five stations where children could visit for face painting, balloons, crowns, fishing, and more.

Over 300 people attended the marketplace outreach. Games and a puppet show moved into three skits by the Charis Colorado team. The final skit was evangelistic in nature and was followed by a Gospel presentation. An invitation was given to receive salvation through Jesus, and most of the crowd responded by raising their hands.

Charis student Grace Iverson shared:

“My life was overwhelmingly blessed, as I was privileged to travel to Querétaro, Mexico, on a short-term missions trip with Charis Bible College Colorado. […] We traveled to another city where a local church, pastored by one of Charis Mexico’s students, had prepared a market outreach. The day prior, we canvassed the marketplace, passing out fliers and inviting all to the outreach. On the day of the outreach, hundreds of children and families came, and we were able to simply present the Gospel. Many were saved. The simplicity of love—hugging a child or playing games with a child—combined with the simplicity of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ made this a life-changing day for all involved. […] I am so thankful for the opportunities that we as students have at Charis Bible College—opportunities to share all that God has given us with the world!”

Their five days of ministry concluded back at Charis Mexico. Both Charis Colorado and Charis Mexico students enjoyed a special night of sharing experiences. Their hope is that all the lives affected, including their own, will continue in the faith and hope they have in Jesus.

Would you like this to be your story? At Charis Bible College, you can learn how to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit and watch God do incredible things through you. You will also gain a strong foundation in the Word, go on a missions trip, and experience the practical application of everything you’ve learned. It will change your life so that you can change the world.
Enroll today!


Ministers Wanted!

People sometimes forget that ministers need to be ministered to—especially the ministers themselves! So, where can they go to get recharged? At last year’s Andrew Wommack Ministries Ministers’ Conference, licensed and ordained ministers came from all over the nation and the world to be refreshed, receive ministry, and build relationships with other
like-minded believers.

A couple from Indiana had this to say about the Ministers’ Conference:

“This is our tenth year of coming. I remember the first one we came to. We decided to go ahead and buy the barbeque tickets, and I knew what I was getting ready to see. The first person to put meat on my plate was Andrew Wommack and then others. It proved to me that there was something here that I needed.” – Tim

“I love that there is no competition. No one is unapproachable. There is not that competition that you feel in so many ministers’ conferences.” – Peggy

Come and get touched by God’s presence! Marriages were restored, sicknesses were healed, and people left encouraged in their races after last year’s event. Richard from Texas said this:

“This is a place of destiny! Every time I come here, I am encouraged to do something more in my vision.”

Andrew’s Ministers’ Conference is an opportunity for seasoned ministers to pour into you. Ministry can be challenging, and sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself, your family, and yes, your ministry is take some time to be refreshed.

Laurel from Iowa came to this event for the first time and had this to say:

“This is our first Ministers’ Conference. It has been awesome. The teaching and the preaching have been awesome. It has been full and rich—so worth all the effort to get here—[and] the smiles, the love. We have appreciated it very much! We have already made reservations for next year’s conference.”

Many who come are blessed by the like-mindedness they experience with the speakers and fellow ministers. A lot of people who follow AWM feel isolated in their communities and churches, and this conference is an opportunity for you to find fellowship that you can’t get anywhere else.

At the 2016 Ministers’ Conference, you will receive teaching from world-renowned ministers and speakers like Andrew Wommack, Janet Boynes, Bob Yandian, Duane Sheriff, and Bob Nichols. You’ll enjoy the camaraderie and build relationships at the annual Grace or Faith Golf Tournament. And last but not least, you’ll sit down to great food and fellowship at the
Colorado Barbecue.

The conference is being held October 3-7, 2016, and is exclusively for ministers. So, take your ministry to the next level and register today by clicking here!

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