Friendly Prayer

Friendly Prayer

I get a kick out of kids’ simple, sometimes funny prayers. Prayers like these:

  • “Dear God, if You can’t make me a better boy, don’t worry about it. I’m having a real good time like I am!”
  • “Dear God, thank You for the baby brother but what I prayed for was a puppy.”
  • “Dear God, it must be super hard to love all the people in the world, especially my sister. I don’t know how You do it.”

These prayers open us up to unexpected thoughts and truths and usually help us see God in a new way. They help us connect with God and isn’t that one of the main reasons we pray?

  • Dear God, please take care of my daddy, mommy, sister, brother, my doggy, and me. Oh, please take care of Yourself, God. If anything happens to You, we’re gonna be in a big mess.”

I used to think prayers had to be proper. Self-important. Maybe even a bit pompous. We, after all, should approach God carefully. Right?

Now I think the most important thing is to come to God just as we are. Sometimes we come with big, bold, important prayers. Sometimes we just come with a friendly prayer to tell God what is on our mind. Like a kid.

  • “Dear God, I don’t think anybody could be a better God. Well, I just want you to know that I am not just saying that because You are God already.”

Keep praying.


Kent Landhuis
Pastor of Teaching & Leadership

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