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In his book, Before Amen ~ The Power of a Simple Prayer, Max Lucado takes us through what he calls a pocket prayer. The pocket prayer is just twenty one words long, but simple enough to remember when praying throughout the day. Each chapter is devoted to a phrase in the prayer. Lucado explains each phrase through stories, Bible lessons, and every day situations.
What is the pocket prayer? It's a simple eight phrase prayer that everyone can easily remember.
Father...Lucado explains to us that in reality, this word, means Daddy. Even if we are just able to utter the words "Oh Father" in our prayer, our Father, God, will hear us and helps us. He already knows our needs.
As he goes through each phrase in the prayer, we learn something about that phrase and how it helps us when we whisper that phrase to God.
You are good...God is good all the time. We should trust him because he is good to us and takes care of us.
I need help...When we are in need of help, all we need to do is pray.
Heal me...Are you under the weather today? Are you waiting on some news from the doctor about some tests you had done? Pray this simple phrase for God's healing touch. "If Jesus heals you instantly, praise him. If you are still waiting for healing, trust him. Your suffering is your sermon."
Forgive me...When we confess our sins to God through prayer, he forgets our sins. We are to confess our sins throughout the day. God knows we are not perfect and he forgives and forgets each time.
They need help...What happens when you have friends or family going through a difficult time and you can't help? You just call their name to God and he will help them. "You are never more like Jesus than when you pray for others."
Thank you...We are to thank God for everything in our life. Even if we are dying from cancer, we are to thank God. Everyone can find at least one thing to be thankful for. Have you thanked God today?
In Jesus' Name...When Jesus speaks, the wind and the waves obey. Even Satan must obey Jesus. "Prayers offered in the name of Jesus have 'divine power to demolish strongholds' (2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV)."
This book was a great book to read, especially right now at the beginning of the year. Prayer is something I can use some help with, I loved the pocket prayer idea and it is so easy to remember that I find myself praying more often for my needs, others needs, and just thanking God for all that he has done. I enjoyed reading this book on prayer. The book also includes a study guide at the end for each chapter. The study guide goes into more depth with scripture reading, memorizing scripture, and ideas to use for praying. There is also a prayer strengths guide at the end.
About the author:
More than 120 million readers have found inspiration and encouragment in the writings of max Lucado. He serves the people of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.
*DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL PROVIDED: I received a copy of this book from the Family Christian for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.*