Before Amen:The Power of Simple Prayer by Max Lucado
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.
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.
MY REVIEW: Max Lucado has an unequaled ability to use language and images we all encounter daily to bring us closer to Christ and God. In Before Amen he challenges us to improve our prayer life, not by becoming Biblical scholars or memorizing complicated litanies, but by speaking what is in our hearts. Lucado gives us the words to a simple prayer, not for us to copy word for word, but to show us that our simple words should praise our Creator, acknowledge our need for Him, recognize the needs of others, and also express our gratitude. I love his image that we are all children needing to climb into the lap of our loving father, who hears and understands our needs before we utter a comprehensible word. Like many Lucado books, the simple narrative may read quickly, but the message is powerful, desiring of several re-reads. I would like to thank Litfuse and Thomas Nelson Publishing for a review copy of this title.