I saw this on John Piper’s Twitter feed the other day and retweeted it, but I thought it would be good to also reference it here.
If you haven’t heard of John Piper, he is touted as one of the greatest Biblical pastors of our time. He is one of the favorite speakers at Louie Giglio’s Passion Conferences and others across the country. Desiring God, his full time ministry, outside of the church he pastors in Minnesota, offers daily strategies in helping others fight for the joy of the Lord.
This little bit of goodness in the video below – which he refers to as A.P.T.A.T. – is a tool he’s personally used (and preached about) for the last 25 years to put God’s Word into action when confronted with various challenges in life. If you’re one who like to journal, this is something I’d write out in your journal and bookmark as a tool to possibly use when you face similar situations.
Have a look.(You can also visit www.desiringgod.org to view it in his original sermon on it).
A.P.T.A.T. Spelled Out
A — I admit I can’t in myself do what needs to be done.
P — I pray for God’s help.
T — I trust a particular promise he has given us in His Word.
A — I act to do whatever God is calling me to do.
T — I thank him for his help when I am done.