God loves a simple prayer
A simple prayer, very little words, or even short & sweet. No matter how you’ve categorized your conversations with God, you should know that God loves a simple prayer just as much as any other. No need for orchestrated words, or loads of Bible references, your heart is what God’s looking at.
For a long time, I’ve listened to others leading prayer and thought, WOW, they’re an awesome pray-er. I admit, in the beginning, I even thought I had to live up to that. They’re words were eloquent, they’re vocabulary was filled with Bible-y words, it all seemed so spirit filled and intense. Mine, in comparison, were not. But finally I realized, God is just looking for some real talk!
I want to encourage you with these two verses to first, prove that God truly loves a simple prayer & second, help you know for sure He’s looking at the heart of a prayer-not the fanciness of their words.
When we’re overwhelmed & don’t have the right words
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
Have you ever cried out, straight from your heart and just knew that God was connecting with you? No words were needed, you just had a flood of assurance that He was there with you. In this verse it’s made so clear to us that God knows us from the inside. The Holy Spirit within us has communication with God and on our behalf, in those moments when we can’t find the right words, intercedes for us even through our crying, moaning & wordless emotions. Sometimes, there are no words than can be found to express our heart, and yet, God hears us.
God searches our heart
“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.””
I mean, c’mon, do I really need to break this down to you? I love that God can be so blunt in verses like this. He didn’t want us to be confused, not one bit, so He laid it out in such a clear way. Friends, God tells us right here, He doesn’t consider fancy things, outward appearances, or (you guessed it) fancy words. Clearly, He cares more for the heart and our willingness to give ourselves over to Him.
Folks, it’s that simple. You don’t need a fancy vocabulary to come to the foot of the throne in prayer. God assures you right there in His Word that He simply desires your heart. So if you’re giving your all through simple prayer, then don’t stress about trying to be anything more than that.
Much love, tons of giggles & continued grace,