C.H.A.T. - Prayer Coach

Prayer Coach: For All Who Want to Get Off the Bench and onto the Praying Field

by James L. Nicodem

Crossway Books, June 30, 2008

ISBN-10: 1581348843

ISBN-13: 978-1581348842

256 pages

List Price: $17.99

I listened to a podcast recently where Jim Nicodem, pastor of Christ Community Church in St. Charles, Illinois talked about his new book called Prayer Coach.

During the discussion he mentioned a way to pray that I’ve found quite helpful.

C - Confess

H - Honor

A - Ask

T - Thanks

This is similar to ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) but it starts with confession which is a good place to begin. Plus, it uses the word “ask” which is easier to understand than “supplication.”

One of the ideas Pastor Nicodem suggests is to use the alphabet and think of an attribute or characteristic of God for each letter.

Here’s how I spent time on “honor” recentlly.

A - Almighty

B - Beautiful

C - Compassionate

D - Designer

E - Everlasting

F - Faithful

G - Great

H - Holy

I - Indescribable

J - Jehovah Shalom

K - Kind

L - Living

M - Magnificent

N - No equal

O - Omnipotent

P - Personal

Q - Quiet

R - Resplendent

S - Savior

T - Total

U - Universe maker

V - Victor

W - Worthy

X - Extravagant (I cheated on this one)

Y - Yahweh

Z - Zealous

The cool thing about this is that it forces me to think of attributes or characteristics of God that I normally don’t think about. It also serves to help me spend significant time praising Him for who He is before rushing into my “asks.”

Try it out.