These two best prayers made me laugh.
They are perfect.
1. “Help me, help me, help me,”
2. “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Personally, my prayers border on simply a list of thank-yous.
The “help me” requests always feel so selfish, like I’m tossing coins and a wishing well.
To tell you the truth though, this is about as complicated as prayer needs to be most of the time.
Here are the two best prayers I know: “Help me, help me, help me,” and “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” A woman I know says, for her morning prayer, “Whatever,” and then for the evening, “Oh, well,” but has conceded that these prayers are more palatable for people without children.
-Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies