Anne Lamont has said that there are only 3 kinds of prayer: Wow, Thank You and Help. There are seasons in my life when I am unable to pray with clarity of thought or length of time. This current season of having my husband Howard engaged in a battle with cancer is one of those seasons. I am distracted and unable to focus on anything but the urgent. I find my prayers are mostly help and thank you.
Howard wanted the leaves removed before it rained last evening. Yesterday’s prayers were: “Lord, help me get these leaves blown off the lawn before it rains,” and “Thanks for all my husband used to do, Father God. I always appreciated him, I think, but this is a whole new level of gratitude.”
The rain is pouring down this morning. I am saying. ” Wow! Thanks for helping me do the leaves before the rains came and thanks for saving me the work of having to water all my plants before winter sets in. ”
Perhaps the most profound prayers, the most effective prayers are these simple prayers voiced in humble faith when I am at the end of myself and desperate for help from the Father in Heaven.