Simply Pray

Posted by Scott Foster on

So if you’re around this month of Advent, you know we’ve been doing a sermon series and book group on the Ann Lamott book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.* It’s a quick read, easy to digest, and simple. That’s the whole point!

Probably the biggest takeaway is this: Prayer is a simple thing between us and God. Between you and God. Between me and God. Big words not required. Flowery language not required. Thee’s and thou’s not required.

Simply pray.
Get to it.
Just say it.

She’s building on an idea from one of her earlier books. She tells a story about her prayer life and always seems to find herself coming back home to a couple basics:
Help me, help me, help me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

So she boils it down to—wait for it…

Help.

Thanks.

Wow.

That’s it.
Simple.

When you can’t put two words together, just pick one:
Help.
Thanks.
Wow.

Petition God for assistance.
Express gratitude for a blessing.
Sit in awe of God’s massive peace and power.

Simply pray.

Even today's Richard Rohr riffs on centering prayer.

I think it helps to get comfortable or get quiet or get in the zone, however you do that. But it’s absolutely not necessary. When you’ve got the time and space, you can always go for the Lord’s Prayer. It might be the perfect prayer. Even Jesus says, “When you pray…” pray like this.

But you may not have the time and space.
You may not have the peace.
The world may be raging all around you.

In any case, any one of these three words can put you in touch with God.
In a word.
Literally.

Simply pray.

Help.
Thanks.
Wow.

Give it a shot.

Grace and peace,
Scott

*Come join us in the parlor at church the next two Wednesdays at 7:30pm. (Tonight, Dec. 12, and next week Dec. 19)

 

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