Life can get so crazy sometimes. The other day I was sitting in church thinking about the twenty other things I should be doing. My list was long, and my time was short, but at that moment I just needed to sit.
Frazzled and tired, my friend’s voice came to me, “Pray about it!” She’s always saying that, and every time she does I look at her like it is the most profound thing I have ever heard.
Why is it when I need prayer the most it’s always the furthest thing from my mind?
But somehow, on that discombobulated day, I miraculously remembered her words.
The only problem was, I didn’t know what to say. What could I ask for — a personal shopper, chef, maid, laundromat, masseuse — it was a pretty long list, and frankly I was too tired to think about it.
That’s when I remembered the book Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott.
In the book, Anne points out that prayer doesn’t require a bunch of fancy words and detail. If all you can manage to utter is “Help,” then that’s enough.
So mentally looking up at heaven and keeping it simple, for once, I shouted a silent yet desperate, “Help!”
My shoulders relaxed, and I took a deep breath.
With everything else seeming so complicated and hectic, what a relief to have prayer seem so easy. As I left church, the day got better. I felt a sense of peace, and things were crossed off the list one after another.
What a relief to be reminded that God doesn’t need fancy-smancy prayers.
He’s just glad when we collapse into that mental recliner in His living room.
Can’t you just imagine Him handing you a cup of coffee, covering you up with your favorite blanket, and saying, “Don’t worry, I’ve got this.”?