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About - Max Lucado Before Amen - The Power of a Simple Prayer

before amen

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.

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?

Join Max Lucado on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer and the power unleashed with six simple lines:

you are good.
I need help.
They need help.
Thank you.
In Jesus’ name, amen.



  • Experience a heart connection with God instead of settling for a prayer wish list for God.
  • Release your prayer wimp self-image and discover confidence in your God-given prayer strength.
  • Overcome disappointment from unanswered prayers and trust that God hears you.
  • Calm the chaos of your world by embracing a prayer life that brings peace and rest.
  • Gain assurance by trading prayer uncertainties for the power of a plan built on Biblical prayers.


“A winning combination of simplicity and depth . . . Practical, enjoyable, and inspiring.” – Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling

“If you’ve never read one of his books, read this one. I promise, you will be inspired.” – George Strait, member of the Country Music Hall of Fame

“Delicious, satisfying, and always nourishing. Like good food, you’ll grow from it.” – Kathie Lee Gifford, co-host, the fourth hour of the Today Show

“Makes prayer simple, clear, and childlike—which, after all was Jesus’ point.” – Philip Yancey, author, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

“Riveting and poignant . . . We all need this book.” – Rich Stearns, president, World Vision US

“One of my top ten reads for 2014.” – Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author, Unglued; and president, Proverbs 31 Ministries

“One of the most practical tools for understanding, utilizing, and experiencing the power of prayer.” – Dr. Tony Evans, president and founder, The Urban Alternative