Before Amen by Max Lucado
Before Amen by Author Max Lucado is a wonderful reminder of the power of a simple prayer.
Many people feel that their prayer life isn’t what it needs to be or they let guilt of not praying on their knees for hours at a time steal their joy of the power of prayer. Lucado reminds us that “Prayer is a conversation with God while driving to work or awaiting an appointment or before interacting with a client.”
Should we have times where we are alone with God and focused on our conversation with Him? Yes. But don’t negate the power of your prayers that you pray while driving 40 minutes to work. Don’t feel like your prayer isn’t as powerful just because you lifted them up while doing the dishes and it wasn’t filled with eloquent words.
I’ve said it for years and I’ll keep saying it. “I don’t have to be anyone special to be special in God’s eyes” and that is the same with our prayers. Any prayer we utter to God is special to Him! We are HIS Children, and He delights in our delight! He loves when we come to Him for any reason!
I’ll list some of my favorite quotes at the end but one of my top ones is:
“Prayer is not a privilege for the pious, not the art of a chose few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and His child.”
I love that Max Lucado is using his voice (which has an amazing reach) to remind everyone that will hear it that prayer works and can be as simple as “help Lord.”
As you read through each chapter you will no doubt start thinking about prayer in a different manner. You’ll realize the power through even the simplest of prayer and hopefully you’ll start on a journey of having lots of “little conversations” with God throughout your day.
This book is so easy to read! It is set up in 9 encouraging sections followed by a study guide that is perfect for small groups or various class studies. The Study Guide is followed by “Prayer Strengths” which are “postures in prayer that we instinctively gravitate toward.” This will help you to USE your strengths as a launching pad for more rewarding conversations with God. There is even an assessment tool at beforeamen.com
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I typically give away copies of books that I receive to review, but this is one that I’m keeping. It’s encouraging, empowering and so very easy to read. I know that I will be turning to it time and time again!
I will be giving away 2 copies of this book. All you need to do to be entered to win is to share a thought or idea about prayer! I love Spreading Joy to you guys! *Giveaway ends 1/24/2015*
Thank you to Family Christian Stores for gifting me a copy of this book to read and review. I’m not required to give a positive review but as you can see, I highly recommend this book. I also recommend it for gift giving.
This is also Family Christian’s book of the year!
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Some of my Favorite Quotes:
- Jesus gave stunning prayer promises (see John 15:7)
- Prayer depends on the One who hears the prayer
- In our desire to understand Him, we have sought to contain Him. The God of the Bible cannot be contained
- Don’t underestimate the power of this moment. You just opened the door to God and welcomed truth to enter your heart. Faith sneaked in while despair was dozing.
- God keeps His word. We just need to ask
- Guilt alerts us to the discrepancies between what we are and what God desires. It stirs repentance and renewal. In appropriate doses guilt is a blessing. In unmonitored dosages, however, guilt is an unbearable burden. We cannot carry it. But God can
- Jesus never refused an intercessory request. Ever!
- Nothing pleases Jesus as much as being audaciously trusted
- Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts. It flushes the self-pity out of our systems
- When we pray in the name of Jesus, we come to God on the basis of Jesus’ accomplishment
- The phrase “In Jesus’ name” is not an empty motto or talisman. It is a declaration of truth
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My personal tips on prayer:
- If someone pops into your mind, take a moment to pray for them. Things like that are not random. God is giving you an opportunity to make a difference in their world. Later, when you can let them know you prayed for them
- Start your day with prayer. YES, you DO have time. While you are in the shower, while you are getting ready, while you are preparing breakfast. While you are driving. Before running down your “to do” list, run to God!
- Be honest with the Lord. He knows when you are whiny, when you’ve “had it” and when your heart is shattered into a bazillion pieces and your sobs of “help Lord” is all you can muster. He KNOWS.
- Be specific. You want your child to choose things of God, ask. You want wisdom for the next steps…ask. The worst God can do is say “no”, just like you tell your children.
- If God says “no” TRUST Him. Just like with our own children….we know what’s best for them even if they don’t understand it right now.
- Take time to just praise the Lord. Don’t ask for anything, just praise Him.
I’m no Max Lucado, but I hope you’ll find these tips practical and helpful
What are your prayer tips? Do you have a specific prayer time? Have you read this book?
Talk to me, I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments below
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