Fifteen minutes is a lot of time!  A lot can happen in fifteen minutes.  A day of twenty-four hours is ninety-six fifteen minute periods.  Those who manage the days most successfully divide the day into the ninety-six fifteen minute periods and labour to take care of each of those periods.  By so doing, they take care of hours, days, weeks and years.

Someone may not be able to find time to pray for one hour in a stretch in the morning, afternoon or evening.  For others if they found time, they might not know how to use it. Each of these groups of people can use the suggested programme for fifteen minute retreats that are in the following pages and find their prayer life transformed.

By having four fifteen minute retreats a day, one has actually spent one hour before God.  Many people will find that they accomplish far more in four retreats of fifteen minutes than in one retreat of one hour.  The advantage of fifteen minute retreats is that even people who cannot concentrate for long periods are able to concentrate for fifteen minutes and thereby pray effectively.  Also, the retreat is over before the person is bored.  The person thus looks forward to the next retreat.  There is the additional advantage that most believers have enough to talk to the Lord about in fifteen minutes.  This solves the problem of people who are confused about what to say to God for a long period of time.  Then, even the busiest people have time for this retreat, and children too.

It is hoped that the fifteen minute retreats will help the one who retreats to enjoy the Lord so much that he will find that the fifteen minute period is insufficient for his communion with the Lord and therefore he must go on longer retreats.  This is good.  It is excellent.

 “BROKENNESS,” by Professor Fomum, is a real classic for walking the Christian life with total abandonment to the Lord.

After the new birth, a man’s spirituality is not measured by his capacity to preach great sermons, to cast out demons, or to heal the sick. Such capacities could be the manifestation of spiritual gifts, which are received from God, regardless of who the person is. Such a person may

• be totally unrecognizable at the slightest provocation,

• be selfish and self-centred,

• love sin,

• hide or blame others for his mistakes and failures,

• get worried when faced with the least problem, and act before he has prayed about it,

• etc.

This talks of an unbroken life in which, unfortunately, most believers who truly confess the name of the Lord, find themselves several years after conversion.

The purpose of God in the new creation is to produce people who attain spiritual maturity, by quickly attaining the stature of broken men and women. God does it through the cross, to break and destroy the natural man and, by the work of the Holy Spirit, to build the character of Christ in the believer. Brokenness therefore depends on the degree to which a person has allowed the cross and the Holy Spirit to work in him.

Taking Jacob’s life as a basis, the author shows how one can go from the state of the natural man (unconverted) to that of a carnal believer (unbroken), then to that of a spiritual believer (broken); that is, a life in which the believer

belongs totally to the Lord, 

allows free access to God in the minutest details of his life,

no longer presents any obstacle to God.

Read this book. It will challenge you and help you to make progress on the pathway of brokenness, to such an extent that you will soon be able to confess with apostle Paul, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”

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