An old man was walking in his garden when he heard his young granddaughter repeating the alphabet in a melody that sounded like a sacred prayer.
“What are you doing?” he asked her. The little girl explained,
“I’m praying, but I cannot think of exactly the right words to use, so I am just trying all the letters, and God, who knows what is in my heart, will put them together for me.” 1
The writer of Psalm 66 exclaimed, “Certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer” (verse 19).
“Attended” means “to prick the ears, hearken, regard.” “Voice” means “to call aloud.” 2 There is nothing here to suggest proper articulation in prayer, nor doctrinal perfection, only a heart of desperation and earnestness. Yet, God still answered!
In Christian Life we read,
“Prayer is weakness leaning on omnipotence. Prayer is the child taking hold of the hand of its Father for strength and guidance. Prayer is the believer’s outstretched hand and upward vision seeking all the fullness of God. Our groans are prayers as well. The very cry of distress is an involuntary appeal to the invisible power whose aid the soul invokes. Prayer is the open door by which the individual or the church may pass from weakness to strength and from struggle to everlasting victory.” 3
“God has heard me. He has paid attention to my prayer” (God’s Word Translation).
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- Morris Mandel, A Complete Treasury of Stories for Public Speakers, Morris Mandel, Jonathan David Publishers, Middle Village, NY, 11379, Copyright 1974, p. 320
- James Strong, S.T.D., LL.D., Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Dictionary of the Hebrew Bible, Royal Publishers, Inc., Nashville, TN, 37203, #’s 6963 and 7181, pp. 102 and 105.
- Adult Teacher Supplement, First Quarter, 1967, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO, Copyright 1966, p. 36