Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer by Max Lucado

By Max Lucado

All of us pray . . . some.

We pray to stick sober, headquartered, or solvent. while the lump is deemed malignant. whilst the money runs out sooner than the month does. while the wedding is falling aside. We pray.

But wouldn't we adore to wish extra? greater? enhanced? With extra fireplace, religion, and fervency?

Yet we've got teenagers to feed, money owed to pay, time cut-off dates to satisfy. The calendar pounces on our solid intentions like a tiger on a rabbit. And what approximately our checkered background with prayer? doubtful phrases. Unmet expectancies. Unanswered requests.

We aren't the 1st to fight with prayer. the 1st fans of Jesus wanted prayer counsel too. actually, prayer is the one instructional they ever requested.

And Jesus gave them a prayer. now not a lecture on prayer. now not the doctrine of prayer. He gave them a quotable, repeatable, transportable prayer. Couldn't we use the same?

In sooner than Amen best-selling writer Max Lucado joins readers on a trip to the very middle of biblical prayer, delivering wish for doubts and self belief even for prayer wimps. Distilling prayers within the Bible all the way down to one pocket-sized prayer, Max reminds readers that prayer isn't a privilege for the pious nor the artwork of a selected few. Prayer is just a heartfelt dialog among God and his baby. permit the dialog begin.

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But today you turn to the Pocket Prayer. Still half asleep you take your coffee, and you lumber toward a chair and take a seat. You don’t look like much: face pillow creased, hair smashed. No matter. You haven’t come to look at you. You have come to look at God.  . The words come slowly at first. But you stay at it. You are good. Your heart is good.  . The words stir you. Something within begins to awaken. The weather is bad, the economy is bad, but, God, you are awesome. Don’t underestimate the power of this moment.

I think I know why. If God were only mighty, we would salute him. But since he is merciful and mighty, we can approach him. No won- der the psalmist invited, “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8 nlt). A glimpse of God’s goodness changes us. God’s unrivaled goodness undergirds everything else we can say about prayer. If he is like us, only slightly stronger, then why pray? indd 24 7/16/14 4:27 PM You A re Good pray? If he has limitations, questions, and hesitations, then you might as well pray to the Wizard of Oz.

He’s never surprised. ” God’s power is unsurpassed. And his heart is unblemished. “There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle” (James 1:17 msg). He has no hidden agenda or selfish motive. He loves with a good love and forgives with a good forgiveness. Good If God were only mighty, we would salute him. But since he is merciful and mighty, we can approach him.  . ”1 God’s goodness is a major headline in the Bible. I think I know why. If God were only mighty, we would salute him.

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