iStock_000031290688MediumThe other day I was in my bedroom getting ready for the day when my four-year-old, Kate came in presenting a handmade gift for me. She was a mixture of proud, excited and serious about what she had made.

She loves to create. Of all our girls she seems to be the most artistic. Whether its coloring, painting, play-dough or even make-up, she loves art and loves to tell you about her creations.

On this particular day, what she made for me consisted of crumpled tissue paper colored pink, purple and blue with markers, glitter glue, nail polish and I think even some lip gloss. And when she proceeded to tell me about it I didn’t understand a single thing she said. Her description was all over the place. She connected her creation to “momma’s birsday (her pronunciation of birthday),” thanksgiving, a valentine’s party she was going to have at school and some of her classmates. She gently placed her precious creation on my night stand urging me to take good care of it and walked out.

Later that same week I was in a prayer meeting and someone in our circle began their prayer, “God, I know this is stupid to prayer about, but…”

Instantly I thought of Kate and her art project. Truth be told, her creation wasn’t all that amazing and for the life of me, I couldn’t understand the story she told about it. But when she walks into my room with her little creation in hand, I stop the world for her.

It doesn’t matter if what she’s carrying is a Mona Lisa or a piece of junk or if the story she tells about it is eloquent or a jumbled mess of words. Whenever she presents something to me of which she cares greatly, I’m all ears.

When it comes to prayer, I think God has plenty of room for our “stupid prayers,” whether it’s a prayer about selling our home, fixing our car or the health of our cat, or if we are so torn up about something our words make no sense at all. God’s desire to care for us in those prayers is the same as my desire to care for and connect with my daughter when she come presenting a silly art project with an incoherent description.

Don’t let your own perception of God’s expectations of our prayers prevent you from praying. Just as Peter writes in 1 Peter 5, “Cast all your cares on him because he cares for you (v7).”

So even if you think they’re stupid, pray those prayers anyway knowing God will stop the world to hear them.

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3 Responses to “Stupid Prayers”

  1. Walter Kahler

    Hello Brian and thanks for expressing your beliefs and thoughts on prayer. I loved reading about your interactions with your daughter. I’m on the same page as you about God is always there waiting and listening to our prayers. In my own experience the Lord always corrects my prayers when they are off the mark and has never held my (sometimes) selfish prayers against me. I’m grateful to know His plan is far better than anyone I can think of. May Christ continue to shine bright on you, your family and ministry.

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    • bryanmarvel

      Walter – thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog. I look forward to getting over to your to have a look real soon.

      Over the last 5 years of raising kids I have been amazed at how much they are teaching me and reminding me about how God sees and relates to us. As the we are often reminded in the OT He is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love. I pray that through parenting my character will be shaped in the same way.

      Grace and Peace

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