If you know me in real life you've probably heard me say I need a prayer thesaurus. If God were less godly, he would want to smack me with a holy frying pan every time I rev up for a prayer. Because I use the same phrases, terms, and general vocabulary every time I pray. And one of my regular faux pas is highlighted in Mark 9 when a boy's father is asks Jesus to drive out a demon. Verse 22 reads, "... But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us."
If you can do anything? Puh-lease. That guy may not have known the extent of Jesus' power, but I have no such excuse! My prayers for pity and mercy usually go something like, "if you could blah, blah, blah... wait! Wait! Sorry, there I go again! Of COURSE you can! Aughhh! You know what I meant right?! Let me try again...."
Do you ever pray like that? Say something so inane to God? On the other hand, I'm not lamely offering to burn down a Samaritan village, James and John! (Just kidding boys, you did good work here.)
I hope your Monday was lovely and your evening is full of eloquent prayers!