On Prayer & Heartbreak

Renee Ann Smith —  September 22, 2014 — 5 Comments

“God, to some, is the ultimate heartbreaker.” ~Max Lucado, Before Amen~

This line from Max Lucado’s new book wrapped itself around my heart & wouldn’t let go—because I have felt this way. Have you?


I know that God cherishes me with the tender lovingkindness
and unconditional devotion of a parent.
But when He doesn’t answer my prayers in the way I had wished Him to,
my heart is easily deceived (as Jeremiah 17 points out).
And that’s when I doubt His love.

My wayward heart makes me prone to wander.
So again & again I must be pointed to the truth about my Heavenly Father’s love.
Max Lucado’s book did just that. I devoured it in one sitting.

Max reminded me that most of us “suffer from small thoughts about God. In our desire to understand Him, we have sought to contain Him.” But even a glimpse of His goodness can change us. Prayer—simply talking to our Father—is how He keeps us close & shows us His goodness. Prayer is vital for handling life, counteracting doubts, healing hearts, and changing the world.

Jesus made sure to teach His disciples to pray before He left them. As Max writes, “The first followers of Jesus needed prayer guidance. In fact, the only tutorial they ever requested was on prayer.”

If you need a practical, pointed, easy-to-digest tutorial on the power a simple prayer can unleash in your life & the lives of those you love,
Before Amen is just the shot in the arm you’ll appreciate.

My two favorite quotes . . .

#1. “God’s power is unsurpassed. And His heart is unblemished.” ~Max Lucado~

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Max Lucado Before Amen

Stop back in on Wednesday to see my quote #2!

More favorite quotes . . .

“If you are still waiting for healing, trust Him. Your suffering is your sermon.”

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“God will turn your tomb into a womb out of which you will be born with a perfect body into a perfect world.”

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What you should do next . . .

You can order a copy of Before Amen at this link. ***Thanks to Max Lucado & Litfuse PR for providing a copy for me to review!

Enter the Before Amen iPad Mini giveaway. AND if you pre-order a copy of Before Amen by 9/29, you’ll receive a FREE ebook copy of Max’s best-selling Second Chances: More Stories of Grace. Just click on the image below . . .

Max Lucado Before Amen

Max Lucado Before AmenAbout the Author: More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

You can connect with Max . . .

At his website

On his Facebook page

On Twitter

***Photo Backstory: I made these graphics from iPhone pics I snapped during last week’s school trip to Camp Iroquoina, Hallstead, PA. PicMonkey is my tool of choice for tweaking & adding text. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, download & share.

I’m truly thankful that you stopped by today. Blessings, friends!

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Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

5 responses to On Prayer & Heartbreak

  1. This reminds me of the place in the Chronicles of Narnia where Aslan is described as “wild.” God too is wild and walking with God is sure to lead us on a wild ride. Thanks for linking with Unforced Rhythms.

  2. Hey Renee — Like you I have struggled with a wayward heart. But the way back is always in turning our hearts towards Him. Thanks for an inspiring post. You can find me on Twitter at @LongingsEnd or on Facebook at my Longings End page. Happy to connect with you. Blessings…

  3. Thanks for this inspiring post and for the review on Max’s latest book.
    I loved the quotes and tweeted them.
    Blessings!

  4. Thanks for stopping by, ladies. I enjoyed visiting your sties. Blessings!

  5. This looks like a great book! Another one to add to my reading list. Thanks for sharing it with us at Testimony Tuesday, Renee.

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