Yesterday I ran across an internet listing of children’s prayers which I have reduced to my top 10. These prayers you can pray with exceeding joy!
10. Dear God,
please put another holiday between Christmas and Easter. There is nothing good in there now.
9. Dear God,
Thank you for the baby brother but what I asked for was a puppy. I never asked for anything before. You can look it up.
8. Dear God,
how did you know you were God? Who told you?
7. Dear God,
do you draw the lines around the countries? If you don’t, who does?
6. Dear God,
I keep waiting for spring, but it never did come yet. What’s up? Don’t forget.
5. Dear God,
Is Pastor Keller a friend of yours, or do you just know him through the business?
4. Dear God,
I bet it’s very hard for you to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it.
3. Dear God,
I do not think anybody could be a better God than you. Well, I just want you to know that. I am not just saying that because you are already God.
2. Dear God,
I am doing the best I can. Really !!!!
And, saving the best for last .
1. Dear God,
I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday night. That was really cool.
I think #2 captures our tremendous need for confession and God’s promise of forgiveness while #1 describes the joy of praising God for the wonder and beauty of creation. Sometime the simplest prayers are the best. Romans 8:26 The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.
What prayers give you joy?