Billy Graham’s Christian journey began when he was a teenager. Since then, the evangelist and author has traveled around the world encouraging others to follow Christianity. Here, he uses Scripture and experiences from his own life to describe how individuals can successfully traverse the paths of life. According to Graham, birth marks the beginning of an individual’s journey, a journey initiated by God. All events between birth and death, no matter how small, are part of God’s plan for the individual’s happiness and sense of purpose. The journey is filled with both happy and difficult times, but God will support travelers who listen, obey, and put their complete faith and trust in him. Even if individuals have traveled the wrong path for most of their lives, God urges them to choose a new path, an often unpopular path that eventually leads to eternal life with him.
Graham states that there are several requirements for enduring the journey: spiritual maturity, discipleship, and effectual prayer. Spiritual maturity comes through faith, and faith increases when one spends time reading and reflecting on the infallible word of God. Discipleship requires both commitment and discipline. A disciple is one who learns from God’s still voice and from his words as recorded in the Bible. A disciple also follows and serves despite encountering numerous disappointments and hardships, for the disciple understands that spiritual conflict, the battle between good and evil, exists in our world. Christians can garner strength during difficult times by getting closer to God through prayer and meditation and through fellowship and worship with other Christians. Prayer allows Christians to express their needs as well as their thanks and praise to God and to confess wrongdoings. Grahams’s guidelines for learning to pray are “have the right attitude, seek God’s will in your prayers, bring everything to God in prayer, learn to pray at all times, and in all situations, trust God for the outcome, and learn to listen.”
The Holy Spirit speaks to Christians through prayer, convicts them of their sins, gives them new birth, and helps them become more like...
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