I've been thinking a lot lately about prayer. Have you heard this? "I am horrible at praying." "I don't want you to pray for that, there are much worse things than my little problems." Not only have I heard these things, I have said them.
What I have come to realize is God wants what's on my heart laid before him. It doesn't have to sound right, or follow a formula. We don't have to think so hard about what we come to God with. He cares about the minutia of our day as well as the "big" stuff.
Sometimes I feel the need to repent and I don't even know exactly what for. Or at least I don't know how to put it in to words. That's ok. I can be confident that He knows.
O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. Psalm 139:1-4
What God delights in is the simple fact that I come to Him. That I seek his guidance and forgiveness, even if my wording is not perfect. My prayers can be a jumbled mess and God hears them.
This became even more clear to me the other night as I listened to N pray:
"Dear God, thank you for this day. I didn't eat my dinner so there is no candy or dessert. I pray for a good day tomorrow. Everybody say amen."
This made my heart skip a beat and delighted me more than I can describe. And I realized...if this delighted me, how much more did it delight the Lord. And doesn't he get the same delight when I pray to him.
I want us all to be encouraged that He knows, and He wants us to tell him, however it may sound.