A Simple Prayer

by: Larry Davies | Oct 12, 2014

I read a devotion that listed ten very common and practical prayers. Say each of these ten prayers out loud. Can you picture yourself using each of them at one time or another?

Help.

Please.

Don’t.

Show me.

Guide me.

Change me.

Are you there?

Why’d you do that?

Oh.

Thank you.

When the pressure mounts, when the body aches, when your heart breaks, when the world seems unfair or cruel or chaotic, we are likely to use one of these ten simple prayers.

Max Lucado wrote a book about a simple but heartfelt prayer: “Father, you are good. I need help. Heal me and forgive me. They need help. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.” (Before Amen)

Jesus said: “When you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production… Find a quiet secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God and you will begin to sense his grace.” (Mat. 6:5-6)

After years in ministry, hours in study, more hours in prayer I still go back to simple and practical:

God, I love you. I need you.

You have a purpose for me.

Give me courage to follow.

Help me to help others.

Forgive me when I miss opportunities.

Thank you for everything. Amen.

As a pastor, it’s tempting to make ministry including prayers creative and complicated. But I am called to help others connect with God, then to discover their purpose and enable them to carry out that purpose as individuals and as faith communities. Can it be that simple? Yet, also be that difficult? Yes!

James Moore wrote: “We were never meant to bear our burdens alone. We were never meant to suffer in isolation. It is the genius of the Christian faith that it recognizes this truth. We in the church family are a community of love sharing the joys and sorrows of life together from the cradle to the grave. The anthem “No Man Is an Island” is based on John Donne’s famous words and it reminds us powerfully that we all need one another, that not one of us is an island, that none of us stand alone, that we are all brothers and sisters with God as our Father.” – The Power of a Story

“We are a community of love sharing the joys and sorrows of life together from the cradle to the grave. We all need one another.” Doesn’t get much simpler than that.

God, I love you. I need you.

You have a purpose for me.

Give me courage to follow.

Help me to help others.

Forgive me when I miss opportunities.

Thank you for everything. Amen.

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