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7 Great Prayers - Book Review

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  • Sindhu George
    Dear MOSC members, As Malankara Orthodox whose devout fathers pray 7 times a day, this books content may not be new. But in the present times, I find it
    Message 1 of 3 , May 23, 2009
      Dear MOSC members,

      As Malankara Orthodox whose devout fathers pray 7 times a day, this books content may not be new. But in the present times, I find it appropriate to draw your attention to this.

      When authors, Paul and Tracey McManus ran into financial ruin after the do-com bust of 2000, they had no jobs and no savings, and bill collectors banging on the door. One night they came up with a plan that turned their lives around. They changed their attitude and began thanking God for what they did have. They perfected a plan and put it into a book called The Seven Great Prayers: For a Lifetime of Hope and Blessings. The book contains a well laid out plan for prayer used to change the circumstances of life.

      The McManus� learned to count their blessings and to praise God even when they were at their lowest point.
      I agree that it is important to always think positively and to thank God in all circumstances.

      Philippians 4:8 says ��whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable � if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.�

      �Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God�s will for you in Christ Jesus.�1 Thessalonians 5:16,17

      I do not agree with a statement on page 21 of the book. �God has not planned your life, for good or bad; instead God has given you the power of choice.� This statement is not true. God has given us the power of choice, but He is all together interested in our life and has planned it from beginning to end.

      �For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.� Jeremiah 29:11

      �All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.� Psalm 139:16

      On page 38 the authors say, �Give bad, and you�ll get bad. Give good, and you�ll get good.� Unfortunately, as much as I wish it were, this is not always true.

      We have all seen people who continually give bad and steadily become richer and more successful. Eventually, we know that they will have to pay for all the �bad� but this is in God�s timing. Likewise, there are those who live life doing good. Yet, they live in poverty, disease and hardship.

      I agree that as children of God, we are definitely to live our lives giving good and blessing others. However, if the goal is to receive blessings because of it, many will be disappointed. The good is guaranteed to come in the way of eternal life with Jesus Christ. This comes with belief in Jesus, not with our good works.

      This plan is said to be useful for all people of all faiths. I must disagree here. I do not believe that The Seven Great Prayers is a book for the Bible believing Christian. While there are many points that are biblical, there are those that are contradictory to Bible teaching. The attitude of the book offends me. God in this book is too small. Almighty God is not Someone to be manipulated. His power is His power and not something to be tapped into.

      If you plan to read The Seven Great Prayers, I suggest having a firm background in the truth of the Bible before reading it. Prayer is not a magical formula to turn events to our liking. It is an intimate conversation with our Heavenly Father.
    • P.V. Thomas
      First of all, I am interested to know who is this unknown sender who wrote this Book Review on 7 Great prayers . Your postings are very godo and worth
      Message 2 of 3 , May 24, 2009
        First of all, I am interested to know who is this "unknown sender" who wrote
        this Book Review on '7 Great prayers'. Your postings are very godo and worth
        reading. Thank you.

        P. V. Thomas,
        Safco,
        Dammam, KSA.




        I would like to add a few comments about the views expressed by the unknown
        sender:



        1. About the plan of God and Choice of men:

        I feel that God has displayed all options in front of man, to Choose from.
        (similar to what we read in Deuteronomy 30:15 ) . The Power to choose is
        given to man. And, God has planned all events that are to follow each choice
        we make, whether it is good or bad. Still, for those who choose the bad
        option, God will always display the �button of goodness� in front of them,
        within arm�s reach, to click. For, He do not want anyone to perish. These
        buttons of goodness can be in different forms. It may be a Book, a speech, a
        letter, an advice, a news, a disease, or, whatever God feels fit for us.
        And, again, He leaves it to Man�s choice whether to click or not. It is not
        as easy as a simple click, because, the click may sometimes lead us through
        fire ( read : Jude 23), to cleanse us. Yet, we will never perish, because
        the ultimate aim of God is salvation for all.

        2. Give bad-take-bad , give-good-take �good :

        Remember the words of Solomon. � I have never seen the son of a Righteous
        man begging�. Be assured. Give good and you will get only good. If not
        today, it may be tomorrow, provided we wait for God�s timing.

        3. Power of Prayer to get blessings: I Agree. It is not power of prayer
        that give us blessings. It is God�s will. Doesn�t mean that prayer do not
        have power. It has the power to change our lives. If we pray the prayers in
        our prayer books ( which are full of exhortations to those who pray) with
        an open heart, assimilating its meanings, it will have wonderful effect on
        our lives, by changing our life and thoughts. That change, in turn, will
        influence Gods decisions. Prayer by people of Nineveh and their escape from
        God�s wrath is an example. ( Jonah 3:10) God changed His decision, not
        because they prayed, but because they changed their life.
        Thomas.

        On 5/24/09, <> wrote:
        >
        > Dear MOSC members,
        >
        > As Malankara Orthodox whose devout fathers pray 7 times a day, this books
        > content may not be new. But in the present times, I find it appropriate to
        > draw your attention to this.
        >
        > When authors, Paul and Tracey McManus ran into financial ruin after the
        > do-com bust of 2000, they had no jobs and no savings, and bill collectors
        > banging on the door. One night they came up with a plan that turned their
        > lives around. They changed their attitude and began thanking God for what
        > they did have. They perfected a plan and put it into a book called The Seven
        > Great Prayers: For a Lifetime of Hope and Blessings. The book contains a
        > well laid out plan for prayer used to change the circumstances of life.
        >
        > The McManus� learned to count their blessings and to praise God even when
        > they were at their lowest point.
        > I agree that it is important to always think positively and to thank God in
        > all circumstances.
        >
        > Philippians 4:8 says ��whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is
        > pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable � if anything is excellent
        > or praiseworthy- think about such things.�
        >
        > �Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,
        > for this is God�s will for you in Christ Jesus.�1 Thessalonians 5:16,17
        >
        > I do not agree with a statement on page 21 of the book. �God has not
        > planned your life, for good or bad; instead God has given you the power of
        > choice.� This statement is not true. God has given us the power of choice,
        > but He is all together interested in our life and has planned it from
        > beginning to end.
        >
        > �For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to
        > prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.�
        > Jeremiah 29:11
        >
        > �All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of
        > them came to be.� Psalm 139:16
        >
        > On page 38 the authors say, �Give bad, and you�ll get bad. Give good, and
        > you�ll get good.� Unfortunately, as much as I wish it were, this is not
        > always true.
        >
        > We have all seen people who continually give bad and steadily become richer
        > and more successful. Eventually, we know that they will have to pay for all
        > the �bad� but this is in God�s timing. Likewise, there are those who live
        > life doing good. Yet, they live in poverty, disease and hardship.
        >
        > I agree that as children of God, we are definitely to live our lives giving
        > good and blessing others. However, if the goal is to receive blessings
        > because of it, many will be disappointed. The good is guaranteed to come in
        > the way of eternal life with Jesus Christ. This comes with belief in Jesus,
        > not with our good works.
        >
        > This plan is said to be useful for all people of all faiths. I must
        > disagree here. I do not believe that The Seven Great Prayers is a book for
        > the Bible believing Christian. While there are many points that are
        > biblical, there are those that are contradictory to Bible teaching. The
        > attitude of the book offends me. God in this book is too small. Almighty God
        > is not Someone to be manipulated. His power is His power and not something
        > to be tapped into.
        >
        > If you plan to read The Seven Great Prayers, I suggest having a firm
        > background in the truth of the Bible before reading it. Prayer is not a
        > magical formula to turn events to our liking. It is an intimate conversation
        > with our Heavenly Father.
        >
        >
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        --
        P. V. Thomas,
        Safco,
        Dammam, KSA.


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      • bindusirs
        We are receiving much compliments courtesy Ms.Sindhu George. She is a Moderator on our Group. She is also a student of our dear MOSC Elder Itoop Korah sir. May
        Message 3 of 3 , May 26, 2009
          We are receiving much compliments courtesy Ms.Sindhu George. She is a Moderator on our Group. She is also a student of our dear MOSC Elder Itoop Korah sir. May God continue to use her for His great works.

          Yrs
          Bindu Scaria, IRS
          Group Moderator: MOSC
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