We all pray ... some. We pray to stay sober, centered, or solvent. When the lump is deemed malignant. When the money runs out. When the marriage is falling apart. But wouldn’t we like to pray ... more? Better? Stronger? With more fire, faith, and fervency? In this four-session video-based study, best-selling author Max Lucado reveals his struggles with prayer and how he discovered that it is not a privilege for the pious or the art of a chosen few but a simple tool everyone has been given to have a conversation with God. He shows you how to let go of uncertainties about prayer, trust that God hears you, and embrace a prayer life that brings peace and rest. Join Max Lucado on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer and the power unleashed with five simple sentences: “Father, you are good. I need help. They need help. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
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How should we draw near to God? Come like a little child. That was the advice of Jesus. Come carefree. Joy-filled. Playful. Trusting. Curious. Excited. Forget greatness; seek littleness. Trust more, strut less. Make lots of requests and accept all the gifts. Come to God like a child comes to Daddy.
Storms come crashing into our lives, our health teeters, our relationships fracture, our finances evaporate, and we can face the fragility of life and the uncertainty of almost everything we know. In these moments, Jesus extends this simple invitation: “Bring your problems to me.” Here is the million-dollar question: Are we willing to utter these three words, “I need help,” even if we have to choke them out?
When we know that God is a good Father and begin to ask him to meet our needs, something happens. He actually shows up and answers our prayers. Then another idea begins to grow in our mind and heart: What if God would hear my prayers for other people? What might happen if I prayed with confidence and faith for those I love and even for those who are difficult? What might God do?
Thanksgiving is the gateway to life, joy, obedience, perspective, hope, victory, friendship with God, and more than we dream. Ingratitude is the fast track leading to sin, rebellion, suspicion, loneliness, selfishness, and death. Choose life, open your eyes to God's goodness, and say, "Thank you!"