Do you fear that your prayers are not worthy of being heard?
I have a confession…I don’t pray as much as I should.
Then, when I do, I feel guilty that it’s not that long.
Max Lucado has shown me that it doesn’t have to be.
In Before Amen, Max Lucado guides us through the simple parts of prayer, and helps us to see that prayer is easy and natural, not something to be feared or to find difficult. And he helps us see that even if we are scared or are not sure where to begin — God will teach us to pray.
I’m in a season right now where I am praying everyday for God’s divine intervention and provision in a very serious way.
I stumbled upon this part of the book:
Could that mean I’ve been over- complicating it by praying about the same issue over and over again?
We all pray . . . some.
We pray to stay sober, centered, or solvent. When the lump is deemed malignant. When the money runs out before the month does. When the marriage is falling apart. We pray.
But wouldn’t we like to pray more? Better? Stronger? With more fire, faith, and fervency?
Yet we have kids to feed, bills to pay, deadlines to meet. The calendar pounces on our good intentions like a tiger on a rabbit. And what about our checkered history with prayer? Uncertain words. Unmet expectations. Unanswered requests.
We aren’t the first to struggle with prayer. The first followers of Jesus needed prayer guidance too. In fact, prayer is the only tutorial they ever requested.
And Jesus gave them a prayer. Not a lecture on prayer. Not the doctrine of prayer. He gave them a quotable, repeatable, portable prayer. Couldn’t we use the same?
In Before Amen best-selling author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts and confidence even for prayer wimps. Distilling prayers in the Bible down to one pocket-sized prayer, Max reminds readers that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. Let the conversation begin.
After reading this book, I remembered that some of my most powerful prayers occurred when I was so desperate, heartbroken, or hurt that all I could give were my tears and a few muttered words. I know that God is not impressed by my biblical memory or scholarly prayers.
About the Author:
More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 30, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 9 inches
Retail Price: $19.99
Disclosure: I received a sample of this book from the publisher as a member of Family Christian Bloggers. My opinions are my own based upon my personal thoughts on the book. And it was chosen for Family Christian’s 2015 Book of the Year!
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