Max Lucado has done it again. He had me within the first few sentences…. “I doze off when I pray. My thoughts zig, then zag, then zig again.” Yep, that’s me- guilty!
And again, nail on the head, “It’s not that we don’t pray. We all pray some”.
Max Lucado is known for his simple, yet profound and challenging books. He newest, “Before Amen” certainly fits this mold. The chapters in this book are not overwhelming- the pages contain truth most believers already know. But he has such a straightforward, simple way of convicting (and encouraging) us all. No the material is not highly academic (thankfully, in my opinion), but it is accessible and life changing.
If you, like Max and I, are a “recovering prayer wimp”- this book is for you. Before Amen uses a simple “pocket prayer” to get you back on track in your communication with God. The prayer goes like this…
You are Good.
I need help.
They need help.
In Jesus’’ name, Amen!
Like I said nothing earth shattering- but that’s what makes it so helpful! The power in this little prayer is how it takes away the mystery in reaching out to God. It focuses your thoughts and requests. And most important, it can help get you back in the habit of speaking to your Heavenly Father on a daily basis.
The book also includes a study guide. This is perfect for taking each chapter- each piece of the pocket prayer- and going deeper. It would also be great for a small group bible study or Sunday School class to use to spur on discussion. One suggestion from the Chapter 3 guide was to set a midday timer “to remind yourself to take your eyes off the world for a moment and thank God that he is in control.” What a great idea! I’m so doing this one! And I have created little Pocket Prayer printable reminder cards to help too. When the alarm rings. I will pull out my Pocket Prayer and talk to my Abba!
I highly recommend checking out Max Lucado’s latest book, “Before Amen”. And I’m not the only one. In fact, it has been named the 2015 Family Christian Stores Book of the Year! You can find the book “Before Amen”, accompanying books and other Max Lucado titles here or at your local Family Christian store.