The book is Before Amenby Max Lucado. The prayer is simple. Father, you are good, I need help. Heal me and forgive me. They need help. Thank you. In Jesus Name, Amen. He calls these pocket prayers. He is challenging everyone to pray four minutes a day for four weeks. You can sign up at https://maxlucado.com/email-ads/join-the-prayer-challenge/
The other preacher I appreciate is Chuck Swindoll. I listen to him in the morning on my way to work. I googled him for the journal quote. He is a fan of journaling. He wrote an article, “What Journaling Can Do For You.”
Max Lucado identified himself as a prayer wimp. In my heart of hearts, I believe Chuck Swindoll is a prayer giant. I am somewhere between a wimp and a giant. I strive to be a giant but some days I am a prayer wimp. I call out to God with my 911 prayers. Other times I spend an hour writing or journaling my prayers in my journals. Max makes prayer so practical, God you are good. This equals praise. Max asks in his book Before Amen, Is God’s goodness a headline in your heart? He ask the reader to evaluate your heart in regards to God’s goodness. He asks, how do you view God’s goodness. 1. I always trust that God is good. 2. I believe that God is good when life is good. 3. I have a hard time trusting that God is good. 4. It’s easier to believe that God is good to other people than to me. 5. I say, “God is good,” but my thoughts and actions don’t always show that.”
The next part is petition. I need help, heal me, and forgive me. Forgiveness is essential in our daily lives. We need to forgive others as God have forgiven each one of us so much. There is no one free from sin. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. However, in I John 1:9, “If we confess our sins He is faithful to forgive u.” Then it is petition for others, they need help. Max shares in Before Amen, that when you are standing in line in the grocery store, you can pray for that person in line, Lord they need help.
Max asks, “Who do you turn to for help when you doubt God’s goodness? I used to turn to food. I had such an idol in my life. You can read my story about my weight loss journey in “Your Life Still Counts” by Tracie Miles. I am in Chapter 12.
So today I am thankful for men like Max Lucado, and Chuck Swindoll. I am thankful for my pastor Dennis Keating. I am thankful for Proverbs 31 ministry that has an amazing online Bible Study. I am thankful for Tracie Miles who admitted that she had an abortion as a nineteen-year-old. She felt that God could never use her but God has used her in a beautiful story of redemption. I am thankful for God’s redemptive plan.
Father God, you are good, you are always good, you do not treat me as I deserve, you call me a saint, you forgive my sins as far as east is from the west. I am in awe of your majesty. Father God, I need help, they need help
Your turn, I am thankful………..