Silly Prayers

My wife has a beautiful soul.  She may have only gone from a head knowledge to a heart knowledge of Jesus in the year 2000 when she was nearly 50 years old, but she has always put other people first in her life.  There will be more on that in other posts.  But she has made me reexamine my prayer life with her silly prayers.


To illustrate her silly prayers, we will be driving down the road and I will think out loud.  It is a bad habit that I only seem to do with her, unless I am playing a computer or video game.  I might say something like, “I hope there’s a parking place up close.”  My wife will turn that hope into her prayer, “Oh, Lord, my husband wants a parking place up close.  When he hopes for that, it means either his knees or his back are hurting a little worse than usual.  Please grant this request.  In Your name we pray, Amen.”


The greedy in me thinks, “Don’t pray for that.  Pray that my knees and back are healed.  Or don’t use up all of our ‘yes’ answers from God on trivial things.  I would love to be better off financially.  I would like a new car.  Now you pray for a parking space?”


The fear of the all-mighty God in me responds with, “Don’t bring a trifle before the Lord of the universe.  He’s got other things on His mind right now.”


The researcher in me quotes Charles Spurgeon, “Don’t stop the plough to kill a mouse.  Do not hinder important business for the discussion of a trifle.”


One day we were going to the warehouse store at the wrong time of day.  We had to get a prescription filled.  The traffic was going to be bad and parking was going to be far away, or so I thought – out loud.  My wife blurts out another of her silly prayers.


I had to say something after years of hearing this.  “Don’t do that.  You are trivializing prayer to God.”


That is when she rocked me to my very core.


“But aren’t we supposed to bring everything to God in prayer?  Doesn’t it say something about that in Philippians?”


Actually, Philippians 4:6 (NIV) states, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”


Suddenly, I realized that my wife’s faith has never been shattered by setbacks.  There are so many setbacks that I could mention.  There have been so many mountains that we have failed to cross, but she has the faith of a child, while having the maturity of a mature mother of two and grandmother of five.  Jesus said in Luke 18: 16 that His kingdom is built on such as these children.  Christianity does not need to be explained.  Christianity does not need to be argued.  We need mature adults that can let go of the trappings of this world and cling to the majestic realm where Jesus reigns on high.  We need more people like my wife who love Jesus with child-like wonder and excitement and also manages the household and finances like a seasoned veteran.  My wife is strong after years of doing a lot with little resources.  You can be strong and whimsical at the same time.  My wife is living proof.


As for me, I realized that my big prayers were all things outside of God’s will in our lives.  I was being greedy.  I was wishing for comfort.  With comfort, I may have relied on things rather than God.  The pain when I walk around reminds me that I need God every day.  I silently asked for forgiveness as we made our way to the warehouse store.


We soon arrived at the busy part of town, hitting almost every traffic light on the green and finding someone backing out of the closest non-handicap parking space.  As my wife smiled with great satisfaction with her head held high, I wiped tears from my eyes.  She has been, through her silly prayers, what the master said of the first two servants in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25: 14-30).  She has been faithful to God in the little things, and God will grant her larger things.


The large things may not come in this life, but my wife doesn’t pray for just the big things.  She brings all things before the Lord.  And God grants her so many ‘yes’ answers that you could never be able to count them all.


You see, there is no such thing as silly prayers if you believe God and take Him at His word.

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