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Max Lucado – Second Chances

 

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Not many second chances exist in the world today!  It’s more like “three strikes and you’re out.” It’s a dog-eat-dog world!

Jesus has a simple answer.  He would say, “Well, then don’t live with the dogs.” Why let a bunch of other failures tell you how much of a failure you are?  Sure you can have a second chance!  Just ask Peter.  One minute he felt lower than a snake’s belly and the next he was high hog at the trough. When Peter denied Jesus, the message came loud and clear, “Be sure and tell Peter he gets to bat again!”

It’s not every day you get a second chance.  It’s not every day you find someone who’ll give you a second chance—much less someone who’ll give you a second chance every day.  But in Jesus, Peter found both!  No wonder they call Him the Savior!

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Max Lucado – The Word “Almost”

 

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Almost.  It’s a sad word in any man’s dictionary.  It runs with nearly, next time, and  just about!  It’s a word that smacks with missed opportunities.  It’s honorable mention, on the bench, and burnt cookies!

One of the most famous almosts is in the Bible.  His name was Pilate.  He almost performed what would have been history’s greatest act of mercy.  He almost pardoned the Prince of Peace.  He almost released the Son of God. He had the power.  He had the choice.  The option to free God’s Son was his.  And he did it… almost!

Jesus never had room for almost. With Him nearly has to become certainly. Sometimes has to be always.  And next time has to become this time!  Almost may count in horseshoes, but with the Master, it’s just as good as a never.

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Max Lucado – You Are Free to Go

 

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GUARD:             “You’re free to go!”

BARRABAS:     ”Wh…what?”

GUARD:             “They took the Nazarene instead of you!”

It happened so fast.  One minute Barabbas was in his cell on death row playing tic-tac-toe on the dirt walls. The next, he’s squinting his eyes at the bright sun. In many ways Barabbas stands for us; a prisoner freed because someone he’d never seen took his place.  Someone tossed him a life preserver and he grabbed it; no questions asked.

I can’t imagine him pulling some of our stunts.  We take our free gift of God’s grace and try to earn it or pay for it ourselves instead of simply saying, “thank you”, and accepting it.  Barabbas may not have understood mercy and he surely didn’t deserve it, but he wasn’t about to refuse it.  We, too, are prisoners with no chance for appeal.  Why some prefer to stay in prison while the cell door has been unlocked is a mystery worth pondering!

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Max Lucado – Jesus Welcomes Our Problems

 

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Do you want to see a father’s face go ashen?  Watch as he discovers three words on the box of a just-bought toy– “Some assembly required!”

What follows are hours of squeezing A into B, bolting D into F, sliding R over Z, and hoping no one notices if steps four, five, and six were skipped altogether.  I’m convinced the devil indwells the details of toy assembly.  Somewhere in perdition is a warehouse of stolen toy parts.

“Some assembly required.”  Not the most welcome sentence but an honest one.  Life is a gift, albeit unassembled.  The pieces don’t fit.  When they don’t, take your problem to Jesus.  He says, “Bring your problems to Me!”  In prayer, state them simply.  Present them faithfully, and trust Him reverently!

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Max Lucado – Thank God—Every Day for Everything

 

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A person never runs out of reasons to say “thanks!”  Just the word lifts the spirit!  To say, “thanks” is to celebrate a gift.  Something.  Anything.

In Scripture the idea of giving thanks is not a suggestion or a recommendation; it’s a command.  It carries the same weight as “love your neighbor” and “give to the poor.”  More than a hundred times, either by imperative or example, the Bible commands us to be thankful.  If quantity implies gravity, God takes thanksgiving seriously.

Ingratitude is the original sin.  Adam and Eve had a million reasons to give thanks.  They lived in a perfect world.  Then Satan slithered into the garden and just like that, Eden wasn’t enough.  Oh, the hissing we hear.  “Don’t you want more?”  So thank God.  Moment by moment.  Day by day.  Thank him…for everything!

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Max Lucado – God is a Father to the Fatherless

 

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Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”  A glimpse of God’s goodness changes us.  If He is only slightly stronger than us, why pray?  If He has limitations, questions, and hesitations, then you might as well pray to the Wizard of Oz.

Psalm 68:5-6 says that God is  “a father to the fatherless.  He sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity.”

Will you pray this with me?  Dear God, today, remind me that you protect me.  Be my father and defender.  Defend those who’re weak and afraid and feel forgotten.  Show up in their lives today. Thank you for giving me a spiritual family that can never be taken away.  I pray this in the name of Jesus, amen.

At any point you’re only a prayer away from help!

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Max Lucado – The Power of a Moment

 

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A lot of us make unnecessary messes.  But we can change that.  May I make a suggestion?  Before you face the world, face your Father.  Take this pocket prayer:  Father. . .You are good  Your heart is good.  The words come slowly at first, but stay at it. . . Your ways are right.  The weather’s bad, the economy is bad, but God, you are awesome.

Don’t underestimate the power of this moment.  You just opened the door to God and welcomed truth to enter your heart.  Who knows, you might even start to worship.  Is your world different because you prayed?  In one sense, no.  But you are different.  You have peace.  You’ve talked to your Father.

Here’s my challenge for you!  Every day for four weeks pray four minutes.  Then get ready to connect with God like never before!

 

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Max Lucado – Our God Cannot Be Contained

 

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Most people have small thoughts about God.  In an effort to see God as our friend, we have lost his immensity.  In our desire to understand him, we have sought to contain him.

The God of the Bible cannot be contained.  With a word he called Adam out of dust and Eve out of a bone.  He consulted no committee.  He sought no counsel.  He has authority over the world and…He has authority over your world.  He’s never surprised.  He has never, ever uttered the phrase, “How did that happen?”

God’s goodness is a major headline in the Bible.  If he were only mighty, we’d salute Him.  But since he is merciful and mighty, we can approach him.  If God is at once Father and Creator, holy—unlike us—and high above us, then we at any point are only a prayer away from help!

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Max Lucado – A Heartfelt Cry to God

 

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When my eldest daughter was 13 years old, she flubbed her piano piece at a recital.  The silence in the auditorium was broken only by the pounding of her parents’ hearts.  She hurried off the stage, threw her arms around me and buried her face in my shirt.  “Oh, Daddy.”  That was enough for me.  At that moment I’d have given her the moon.  All she said was, “Oh Daddy!”

Prayer starts here.  Prayer begins with an honest and heartfelt, “Oh Daddy!”  Jesus invites us to approach God the way a child approaches his or her daddy.

Here’s my challenge for you!  Every day for four weeks, pray four minutes.  Then get ready to connect with God like never before!

 

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Max Lucado – Approach God As a Beloved Child

 

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Jesus invites us to approach God the way a child approaches his or her daddy!  And how do children approach their daddies?

When a five-year-old spots his father in the parking lot, how does he react?  “Yippee!” was screamed by a redheaded boy wearing a Batman backpack.  “Pop!”  Over here!  Push me!”—yelled a boy wearing a Boston Red Sox cap who scooted straight to the swings.

Here’s what I didn’t hear:  “Father, it is most gracious of thee to drive thy car to my place of education. Please know of my deep gratitude for your benevolence.  For thou art splendid in thy attentive care and diligent in thy dedication.”

I heard kids who were happy to see their dad and eager to speak to him!  God invites us to approach Him in the same manner. What a relief!

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Max Lucado – Our Prayers Are Not Graded

 

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Jesus downplayed the importance of words in prayers.  We tend to do the opposite.  The more words the better!  We emphasize the appropriate prayer language, the latest prayer trend, the holiest prayer terminology.  Against all this emphasis on syllables and rituals, Jesus says in Matthew 6:7, “Don’t ramble like heathens who talk a lot.”

There’s no panel of angelic judges with numbered cards.  “Wow, Lucado, that prayer was a ten.  God will certainly hear you!”  or… “Oh, Lucado, you scored a two this morning.  Go home and practice.”

Prayers aren’t graded according to style.  If prayer depends on how I pray, I’m sunk.  But if the power of prayer depends on the One who hears the prayer, then I have hope.

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Max Lucado – A Closet Chat with God

 

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Religious leaders loved to make theater out of their prayers.  The show nauseated Jesus.  In Matthew 6:6 He said, “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who cannot be seen.  Your Father can see what is done in secret, and He will reward you.”

The words surely stunned Jesus’ audience.  The people were simple farmers and stonemasons.  They couldn’t enter the temple.  But they could enter their closets.  The point?  He’s low on fancy, high on accessibility.  You need not woo him with location or wow him with eloquence.  It’s the power of a simple prayer.

Every day for four weeks, pray four minutes…a simple prayer.  Then, get ready to connect with God like never before.

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Max Lucado – Whispered Reminders

 

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In Matthew 6 Jesus prayed, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

A prayer that begins…May I not view you as a distant father, but as one who has come to earth and understands the challenges and temptations of my life.  Be near me today, whisper reminders that you’re close.  My friends need you today as they make difficult decisions in their workplace and in their families.  Show them you are closer than even their earthly fathers. Thank you for hearing me and listening to my pleas.  It’s in Jesus’ name I pray this, amen.

Here’s my challenge for you!  Every day for four weeks, pray four minutes.  Then get ready to connect with God like never before!

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Max Lucado – Prayer Can Be Simple, Yet Powerful

 

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Prayer really is simple.  Resist the urge to complicate it.  Don’t take pride in well-crafted prayers. Don’t apologize for incoherent prayers.  No games.  No cover-ups.  Just be honest.  Honest to God.

Climb into His lap, tell Him everything that is on your heart.  Or, tell Him nothing at all.  Just lift your heart to heaven and declare “Father, Daddy.” Stress, fear, guilt, grief…demands on all sides. At times, all we can summon, is a plaintive, “Oh Father.”  If so, that’s enough.  Your Heavenly Father will wrap you in His arms.

Here’s my challenge for you!  Every day for four weeks, pray four minutes.  Then get ready to connect with God like never before.

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Max Lucado – Be Like Little Children

 

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We prayer wimps fear “mis-praying.”  What’s the expected etiquette and dress code of prayer? What if we kneel instead of stand?  Jesus’ answer?  In Matthew 18:3, He says, “Become as little children.” Carefree. Joy filled. Playful. Trusting. Curious. Trust more—strut less.

God prefers this greeting:  “God, you are my Daddy, and I am your child!”  It’s hard to show off and call God “Daddy” at the same time.  Impossible, in fact.  Remember, prayer doesn’t depend on how you pray.  The power of prayer depends on the One who hears the prayer!

Here’s my prayer challenge for you!  Every day for four weeks, pray four minutes.  And get ready to connect with God like never before!

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Max Lucado – A Recovering Prayer Wimp

 

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Yes, I’m a prayer wimp—but a recovering prayer wimp. Not where I long to be, but not where I was.  This simple, easy to remember, pocket-size prayer has become a cherished friend.

“Father, You are good.

I need help.

Heal me and forgive me.

They need help.

Thank you.

In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Jesus’ disciples faced angry waves and a watery grave.  You face angry clients, a turbulent economy, and raging seas of stress and sorrow.  Let this simple prayer punctuate your day.  “Father, you are good.”  As you commute to work or walk the hallways at school, “I need help.”  As you wait in the grocery line, “They need help.”  Keep this prayer in your pocket as you pass through the day!  Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and His child!

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Max Lucado – God Changes His People Through Prayer

 

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This much is sure:  God will teach you to pray.  Don’t think for a minute that he’s glaring at you from a distance with crossed arms and a scowl, waiting for you to get your prayer life together.  Just the opposite!  In Revelation 3:20 Jesus says, “Here I am!  I stand at the door and knock.  If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you, and you will eat with Me.”

Jesus waits on the porch.  He taps…and calls.  He waits for you to open the door.  To pray is the hand of faith on the door handle of your heart.  The happy welcome to Jesus says,  Come in, O King.  Come in.  The kitchen is messy, but come in.  I’m not much of a conversationalist, but come in.

Before amen—comes the power of a simple prayer!  God changes His people through such moments.

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Max Lucado – Jesus’ Compelling Prayer Example

 

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Before amen—comes the power of a simple prayer!

Jesus set a compelling prayer example.  He prayed before He ate.  He prayed for children.  He prayed for the sick.  He prayed with thanks…and with tears.  He had made the planets and shaped the stars, yet He prayed.

Here’s a prayer for us today:

“Father, you’ve made me your child through your Spirit.

In your kindness you adopted me and delivered me from sin

and death.

Remind me today what it means to be your child.

It’s so easy for me to live every day on my own terms.

Help me live it in light of your grace.

Thank you for accepting me as I am but not leaving me the same.

In Jesus’ name, amen.”

This is my prayer challenge for you!  Every day for four weeks, pray four minutes.  Then get ready to connect with God like never before!

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Max Lucado – Prayer is a Heartfelt Conversation

 

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Prayer isn’t a privilege for the pious, not the art of a chosen few.  Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and His child.  When we invite God into our world, He brings a host of gifts: joy, patience, resilience.  Anxieties come, but they don’t stick.  Fears surface and then depart. I’m completing my sixth decade, yet I’m wired with energy. Happier, healthier, and more hopeful! Struggles come, for sure, but so does God.

My friend, He wants to talk with you.  Even now as you hear these words, He taps at the door.  Open it.  Welcome Him in and let the conversation begin.

Here’s my prayer challenge to you!  Every day for four weeks, pray four minutes.  Then get ready to connect with God like never before!

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Max Lucado – Conversation With God

 

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Mark 1:35 says, “Jesus went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.”

This dialogue must have been common among His friends:

Has anyone seen Jesus?

Oh, you know. He’s up to the same thing.

Praying again?

Yep. He’s been gone since sunrise.

Jesus would even disappear for an entire night of prayer. Prayer for most of us, isn’t a matter of a month-long retreat or even an hour of meditation. It’s a conversation with God driving to work, or waiting for an appointment. God will teach you to pray. We speak, He listens. He speaks, we listen. It’s prayer in its purest form. God changes His people through such moments.

Here’s my challenge for you!  Every day for four weeks, pray four minutes.  Then get ready to connect with God like never before!

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