I remember an acquaintance of ours once saying “So-and-so fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down.”
Some days I think he might say that about me.
Today I was driving home from the grocery store and all of a sudden I realized that I was praying that something would “happen” so that the couple who booked the wedding photographer that Maggie and Austin want would…you know…cancel.
Now, I didn’t pray that the couple who booked him would be struck dead or break up or anything. But still, it was kind of like I was asking the godfather to “fix” a basketball game or something.
And then I shook myself as I turned the corner at the stoplight and thought “I’m a terrible human being! That’s such a stupid prayer! I should be praying for Obama, Africa, or global warming.”
Do you think “stupid” is a word in God’s vocabulary? Is there such a thing as a “stupid prayer”?
I started thinking of all the prayers in the Bible…hem grasping, pregnancy processing, roof-crashing prayers. For revenge and thirst-quenching and sun-stopping and rain…
Like a papa of toddlers God seems to delight in all of it.
“Come to Me. Come to Me. Come to Me.”
Like, “Jump into My arms. Bring it on. All of it.”
Prayer seems to be more about a relationship than right rhetoric.
I just can’t imagine Jesus saying “That’s stupid.” He might say, “Do you know what it is that you’re asking for?”, but still…
Philippians 4:6 says “Don’t worry about anything. Instead pray about everything.” What part of “everything” is stupid?
The other afternoon one of my daughters called me. We chattered. Back and forth. It was the highlight of my day. It always is.
We didn’t talk about Obama or Africa, or global warming but it also wasn’t stupid. I was just glad she wanted to talk. Like I think God is glad when we want to talk. About anything.