Monday, April 18, 2016

Pocket Prayers, by Max Lucado

If you know me at all, you know how vital I consider the gift of prayer.  It's so simple, so easy, and yet, so hard sometimes.

I know I can't be the only one to ever try to utter a prayer to God in the morning, and then become sidetracked in my thoughts.  Prayer has changed my life, and the way I go about this everyday is very simple and straightforward, but I will confess here that I don't always have an hour to spend praying.

Even though I might not have extra time some mornings, I don't want to let a day go by that I don't spend some time in prayer.  I try to stay in a prayerful state each day, talking to Him as I go about all of my regular activities, or when someone texts me and asks me to pray for them right then.  I love to pray out of Scripture.

And I love these brand new books by Max Lucado, called Pocket Prayers.

As you can see, there is one for every occasion and for every type of person.  There is a book for friends, graduates, moms, dads, teachers, and for military life.  May I just write out an excerpt?

This is a sample out of the book for moms, for day ten, on pages 38 and 39.

1 Peter 3:13-14

"And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?  But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed."

"Father, no evil can defeat You.  No problem is too big for You.  You see and know all.  Help me today, Lord.  It is hard to let go of worry and fear for my kids.  I am afraid of what could happen to them.  Give me peace when anxiety surfaces.  Keep the evil one far from my loved ones today.  Do not let him take a single ounce of joy or happiness from them.  Thank You for my suffering, for I know even in suffering that You are drawing me closer to You.  In Jesus' name, amen.

I love these prayers because they are out of Scripture.  His word tells us not to worry and to cast our burdens on Him, because He cares for us.

Are you like me, and could use some of these simple prayers in your life, especially on the days when you're rushed and frantic and anxious and could just use some peace in your day?

I'd love to give these away!  Litfuse Publicity Group sent me these books to review on my blog and to give away when I'd finished them.

To be eligible for this giveaway, you must leave a comment and tell me about your prayer life, and how your relationship with the Lord could benefit from these books.

Thanks for reading!  I'd love if you would share this post with your friends.

Love to all.

*These books can be found in any book retailer store and online at your favorite places, like Amazon or Christian Books.*


Jennifer Hopper said...

My prayer life is one that I am working on. I have found that it has ebbed and flowed over time with consistency. I am happy to say that I have finally settled into a consistent quiet time of reading His word daily for the first time in my life and my next piece of the puzzle would be my prayer life. So the pocket prayers for teachers would be a great little tool to help with this process. (Can you imagine loving on 52 middle schoolers everyday especially in the spring when hormones are kicking in :)- pray for me...haha, don't get me wrong I love my job but April and May are a little trying at times. )

Jennifer Goodwin said...

That is awesome, Jennifer! I'm glad you found a routine you've settled into. The teacher one would DEFINITELY be beneficial for you to have! I will send it along with Todd to work tomorrow, for him to pass along to your hubby!

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