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 listeners 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 listeners 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.
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He's Your Father, Simply Talk to Him!
Before Amen is down to earth and easy listening! Who would have thought Max Lucado ever had any difficulty praying? So many times I have listened to others pray and remember thinking how eloquent and seamless their words were; and, I wondered how I came across...However, it does not matter! Whether I am praying in a group, public, or alone in my room, the state of my heart is the issue. Are my words true, do I have a relationship with my Lord that is meaningful and real? That is the question and the answer!!!
I found Ben Holland's reading of the story to be enthusiastic and quite appropriate for Before Amen! His voice made me smile, think, and recall some of my own stories in all the right places!
When I heard the simple prayer...I wish I had known it the first time I was asked to pray as a young teenager at camp in the presence of teens I did not know...