In Before Amen, bestselling author Max Lucado introduces readers to the power of a simple prayer:
Father, You are good. I need
help. They need help. Thank you. In Jesus' name, amen.
As Jesus gave a model prayer
to his disciples, so Lucado is giving a prayer that can be used
quickly when time is short or used as the basis for a longer prayer.
Each phrase has a correlating chapter to expound on the Biblical
background of the thought, the appropriate application of the idea,
and the spiritual blessings and possibilities that prayer can bring.
Lucado's emphasis in Before
Amen is on making
prayer approachable and simple for anyone. One of my favorite quotes
was: “We Speak. He listens. He speaks. We listen. This is prayer in
its purest form.” (pg.11) Throughout the book, I felt like Lucado
reiterated the approachability of both God and prayer as well as
advocated prayer as a means of experiencing deeper intimacy with God.
is mainly targeted to Christians who desire to pray, but struggle
with consistency or insecurity relating to prayer. Christians who
already have a strong prayer life will likely find it minimally
helpful as it is simplistic. However, I think that everyone could
find encouragement in this book as Lucado often reminds the reader of
Biblical truths and promises. For me, reading the chapter about God
as Father was a refreshing reminder of God's love and care for each
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