Sometimes the simplest little things can have big impact on our lives. In this series of posts I examine very short sentences (each just three words long) that can make a difference in your life. If you have a three word sentence that changed your life somehow, share it with me and I will share it with the world.
This post will temporarily end this little series of posts on three word sentences or phrases that have the power to change our lives. I will probably resume this series at some point, but I want to move on and explore some other thoughts. It seems appropriate, given that I’m writing this on a Sunday, to finally get around to the three little words that I hear every Sunday, but not often enough during the regular week – Let us pray.
Everyone has times in their life where they find a need to appeal to some greater power external to themselves, though I sometimes wonder to whom the people who claim to be agnostics turn in that time of prayer. Praying is both an act of admission that we cannot solve everything ourselves and one of faith that there is something there, some God in heaven who can hear our prayers and help us in times of need. Let us pray.
Prayer is also liberating because it is a moment of personal surrender of the idea that you don’t need help, that you can do it by yourself. Once you let go of that idea you can get help. One way to let go is through prayer. I have found in my own life that the very simple prayer, “Not my will, but thy will be done” is the key to both letting go and getting help. It is an admission that what I am facing is bigger than I can handle and I need help from a bigger power; plus it is an act of letting down my shields and welcoming that help. Let us pray.
Most religions teach prayer as a way to both communicate to God and to ask for His help with things in our daily lives. While prayer
is usually not resorted to for trivial things, even the Lord’s Prayer contains the line “Give us our daily bread” which is to say take care of our basic needs. In a previous post – Bring it on – I ended with a little prayer that would probably be a great way to start each day – “Lord give me the strength today to do what is right, the courage to resist doing want is wrong and the wisdom to be able to tell the difference between the two.” Let us pray.
So, as we look for that thing in our lives that might inspire us to be better people, that will allow us to do better in our lives and with
our lives, that will make us happier and more content with what we have ad who we are, that will enable us to be able to open up and receive love from others as well as giving love to others; we will probably not find a better way to start to achieve those goals than to stop, humble ourselves and turn to the one source of power that can help us. Let us pray.
I do know some people who make a big deal out of the act of praying in public places and I wonder how much of that is directed not at their God but at those around them as a show of their piety. There are places and events at which having someone say a prayer is appropriate and there are other times when quietly saying your own little prayer with sharing it out loud with others is better. The ideas isn’t to show others that you are praying but to show God that you are praying and he is pretty good at hearing your silent prayers. Let us pray.