When tragedy strikes, people desperately search for answers. Believers and unbelievers alike find themselves turning to God. Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado points to the only real answer to tragedy and crisis: Prayer. In For the Tough Times, Lucado helps us understand how to pray despite our doubt and fear.
We’ve never been more educated and entertained. We have technological tools our parents could only dream of, and we are saturated with information, amusement, and recreation. Yet more than ever, we are starving for hope. In fact, more people than ever are orchestrating their own deaths. In America alone, the suicide rate has increased 24 percent in fewer than twenty years. If a disease saw such a spike, it would be deemed an epidemic. People are dying from a lack of hope.
After forty years of counseling and ministry, Max Lucado has learned that nothing lifts the desperate, weary heart like the promises of God. In a world full of despair, depression, anxiety, and instability, we do not need more opinions or hunches; we need the definitive declarations of our mighty and loving God.
Unshakable Hope examines twelve of God’s promises that Max has turned to over the years to encourage himself and others. Each chapter explores one significant promise and reveals how it will equip you to overcome challenging circumstances, experience lasting security, and make wise decisions.
What are you anchored to—the circumstances of life or the promises of God? For every problem in life, God has given you a promise. Join Max as he takes a closer look at Scripture’s unbreakable promises and shows you how to live with an unshakable hope.
Each topical section will include a key verse, a prayer, a short writing, and thoughts to reflect on with prayer prompts. Some journaling space could be included for certain prompts. The prompts will encourage readers to pray that promise for themselves, their families, their churches, their communities, and the world.
Though each section can include prompts for multiple ways to pray for the promise in readers’ lives, there can also be one specific emphasis and prayer for each section. For example, the first section can have a prayer for the church to be in covenant with God—that God’s people in the world today would know and realize his promises in ways that build his kingdom and bring him glory.
This will still make sense for individual readers doing the book on their own, and it will also help churches utilize this book in a Praying the Promises Challenge as they work through the campaign together. The trade book’s emphasis will be on the people of the Bible and the promises of God and the hope we can have in him; the gift book will emphasize the promises and prayer.