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SIMPLE PRAYERS


We live in a chaotic world. There are days when we’re so overwhelmed, it’s all we can do to keep our head up and press on. Have you been there lately? Those are the days when it can be hard to stay focused. Days when we lose sight of the One who is just a prayer away.

 

But how can we pray when we can’t even think… when it’s difficult to string a sentence together?

 

At its essence, prayer is simply conversation and connection with God, our good and loving Father. Just as any good dad craves interaction with his children, the Lord is always listening for and attentive to our prayers, no matter how short or simple they may be.

 

Jesus himself said in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

 

So, when things get hectic, keep it simple. He understands.

 

A friend of mine was on her way out the door to go to work one morning. Her mind was on the demands of her day and she took a minute to send up this simple prayer:

 

Jesus, I give to you today

All I shall think and do and say.

 

That was it! It’s a prayer she learned in school as a young child. The nun who taught it to her had been taught the same prayer when she was a child. Its simplicity stands the test of time… even now, 70 years later.

 

Often people are reluctant to pray because they feel they can’t express themselves before God as well as they would like to. But prayer doesn’t need to be elaborate or eloquent, sometimes simple prayers are the best.

 

“When you pray, don't talk on and on as people do who don't know God. They think God likes to hear long prayers.” – Matthew 6:7 (CEV)

 

Just say what you need to say to the Lord, and don’t worry about trying to impress him with your delivery. What really captures His attention is your earnest, heartfelt plea… your desire to come to Him for answers or help.

 

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7

 

So come to Him like a little child in those overwhelming moments. Take a deep breath, let it out, then pour out your heart to Him simply and freely. And if all you can manage to say is “Help, Jesus…” well, that’s okay too. He hears. He knows.

 

Rest in His love. He is always with you. No matter how complex your life might be, the simple solution is your simple prayer.

 


Father God,

Thank You that we can come to you anytime. Thank You that You are always there for us, even when we’ve lost sight of You in the swirl of our anxious moments, jumbled thoughts and pressing needs. Thank You for making it easy for us to reconnect with you. Thank You for hearing us and for giving us Your hope, Your peace and Your unending love. Amen.

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