"Without the conspicuous presence of God, we will never be able to function the way He intended," writes Fred A. Hartley III. Prayer is the means by which we connect with God, leave our agenda and small thinking, and grasp realities otherwise unattainable. Fire is a prevalent word in this study. Holy Ghost fire ignites our passion for God. Hartley notes, "The Holy Spirit's role in each of us is to lead us to encounter daily the manifest presence of God. To state it another way, the Holy Spirit brings fire."
The superficial thinking of materialists is dealt a blow. The author observes, "Naturalism refuses to consider, honestly and objectively, the invisible, unseen spiritual realities around us." Clearly anyone thinking what is materially experienced is all there is is indeed naive.
We're reminded that without faith it is impossible to please God. Then he adds that it is faith that takes us from the natural to the supernatural realm. He encourages us to connect with God for things humanly impossible. He writes, "The good news is that Jesus is very good at getting God's people to become true supernaturalists. After all, He isn't called the 'author and finisher of our faith' for nothing."
Another insight on faith that he makes is that it is not self-induced, but is a gift from God in response to hearing His Word. "God is constantly at work around us, and He will invite you to join Him in His activity. All we need to do is learn to listen to His voice with an inclination to obey."