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by Various Artists | Genre: Praise & Worship | Release Date: October 07, 2014

"Before Amen: A Worship Collection" is the music companion to the new book from bestselling author Max Lucado, Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer (Thomas Nelson). Before Amen is Lucado's most personal and candid book to date. It is written for everyone who wants to pray more, better and stronger, with more fire, faith & fervency. Writes Lucado, "Since you matter to God, your prayers matter in Heaven. You are never without hope because you are never without prayer."

"Before Amen: A Worship Collection" is a wonderful backdrop for prayer and personal devotion, offering a track list that perfectly complements the book.

Featuring artists such as Darlene Zschech, Kari Jobe, Rend Collective, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, All Sons & Daughters, Paul Baloche and John Mark McMillan, the songs focus on the majesty of God while also drawing the listener into an intimacy with our Abba Father.

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01. Prelude/Devotional - What A Friend/Kathryn Scott, Boldly I A
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02. Father Daddy: How He Loves/John Mark McMillan, The Love Of T
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03. You Are Good: Your Faithfulness/Brian Doerksen
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04. I Need Help: My Hope/Paul Baloche
05. Heal Me: Healer/Kari Jobe
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06. Forgive Me: Lord Have Mercy/Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant
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07. They Need Help: All The Poor and Powerless/All Sons & Daughter
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08. Thank You: 10,000 Reasons/Rend Collective
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09. In Jesus Name: Your Name/Cry Of The Broken/Darlene Zschech
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Lyrics For Prayer | Posted October 03, 2014
Before Amen: A Worship Collection is the musical companion to Max Lucado's book Before Amen:The Power of a Simple Prayer. He is featured on both the "Prelude" and "Postlude," where he introduces and concludes the session of prayer. In this compilation album--designed to guide the listener through prayer--the songs are praises of all He is. 

From the beginning, the mood is set with these classic hymn lyrics, sang by Kathryn Scott in her song, "What a Friend": "What a friend we have in Jesus / All our sins and griefs to bear / What a privilege to carry / Everything to God in prayer." Her subtle praise for our personal relationships with God couldn't be a better way to begin this compilation. 

What more intimate way to address God than "Abba Father"? This song by Planetshakers praises the deep, abundant, all-encompassing love that God shows us. The lyrics, "Oh, the love of my Father is deeper than any love I know / Oh, the grace that he shows me / His love overwhelms me / This I know," are a beautiful reminder of the depth of God's love and grace. This theme continues with John Mark McMillian's rendition of his career-defining song, "How He Loves." He takes it one step further and praises God simply for how much He loves us: "I don't have time to maintain these regrets / when I think about the way / that He loves us.

No worship or prayer compilation album would be complete without a song from Kari Jobe. This album features "Healer," a praise of God's ability to redeem life's difficulties. Kari's heart is almost tangible when she proclaims, "You hold my every moment / You call my raging seas / You walk with me through fire / and heal all my disease / I trust in You."

And for those in a season of struggling, "All The Poor and Powerless" by All Sons & Daughters declares, "All the hearts who are content / and all who feel unworthy / and all who hurt with nothing left / will know that You are holy."

The themes of God's faithfulness and goodness are woven throughout the album. "Your Faithfulness" by Brian Doerksen glorifies God with the lyrics, "Certain as the rivers reach the sea / Certain as the sunrise in the east / I can rest in your faithfulness." Rend Collective lends a beautiful and increasingly popular version of "10,000 Reasons."

Closing Thoughts:
The most wonderful part of this compilation is that the lyrics can meet each listener where they're at in their own walk with God. Each song provides strength, clarity, and understanding into who God really is. It is truly a fantastic guide to learning how to pray simply and earnestly. In addition, the beautiful musical flow throughout the album makes it a perfect playlist for prayer. 

Song to Download Now:
"Abba Father" by Planetshakers

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