Great article here on Josh Hamilton over at DesiringGod. Here are some excerpts:
ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption interviewed Hamilton the day after his four-home-run performance, and in the course of the interview, he was asked about his recent “relapse” (he admitted in February to consuming 2 or 3 drinks at a bar in Dallas). Hamilton responded with depth and authenticity about his faith and that he’s been learning to evaluate the weeks and months that lead up to temptations to relapse. In particular, he says he’s learned to ask, “Did I stop praying? Did I stop getting into the Word? Did I stop fellowshipping and allowing people who care for me into my circle?”
What he’s talking about are the so-called “means of grace.” In fact, John Frame (who explains the means of grace as “certain channels by which God gives spiritual power to his church”) categorizes the various Christian means of grace under the three precise headings Hamilton mentions: Word, prayer, and fellowship.