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Two word prayers

Two babies bwOur daughter had twins who were in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit called the NICU for four weeks. They were tiny – these two – a little boy 3 pounds 7 ounces and a baby girl 3 pounds.  We praise the doctors and nurses for their care and skill, but we praise God most of all for each and every answer to our prayers.

One day a very dear Chinese friend told me that her family was praying for the twins.  She said her little girl prayed only these words, “Two babies – one boy – one girl.”

This prayer is a valuable lesson that when you bring a very real need to the Lord and ask for His divine grace and mercy, words can be few.  In fact, God is not impressed with our many words. It is our heart and our need for Him that He sees.  While the twins were in the NICU, I also learned the valuable lesson that sometimes prayers can be too deep for words.  In fact, we know that when we do not know what to pray or how to pray, the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.

Our daughter would see to the needs of the twins and watched them closely.  By God’s grace, with tender loving care, time and the prayers of many, the twins grew and grew.

Since the twins were in the NICU and after my friend shared the simple prayer of her little girl, I have thought about two word prayers and wrote down the ones that have come to my mind.  I share these with you ~ you may think of others that are meaningful to you.

Lord, please….

Help me.  Protect me.  Guide me.  Use me.   Bless me.   Change me.   Teach me.   Take me.   Fill me.   Comfort me.  Remember me.   Defend me.   Hear me.   Silence me.   Heal me.   Stop me.   Lead me.   Show me.   Equip me.  Rescue me.   Save me.   Send me.   Cover me.   Forgive me.   Cleanse me.   Shepherd me.   Inspire me.   Redeem me.  See me.   Restore me.

And perhaps, the most important prayer of all…

Lord, thank you.

Two babies

​Bible reading:

Matthew 6:6-7 | Romans 8:26 | Philippians 4:6-7   |  Matthew 7:11

Questions:

  1. What is prayer?
  2. How will praying bring you closer to God?
  3. When you pray, what is your attitude?
  4. Does praying mean God will always give me what I want?  How can bringing your requests to God be similar to a child bringing a request to their parents?

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