When “Please” is all you have

I occasionally text with Beth Foreman, who lives in New Haven, WV.  Beth is one of my favorite people in the world.  She runs (with a bunch of other volunteers) a weekly after school Bible club at the local elementary school that routinely gets as many as 80 kids.  I tell her all the time God is changing the future of Mason County through their efforts.  They have a “God Can” that the kids place prayer requests in.  Beth takes the requests home, spreads them out on her sofa, gets on her knees, and asks God to bless the children and their requests.  I just happened to text her today when she was in the middle of her prayer time over the requests and she asked me to pray as well.  She sent me a photo of the requests all spread out.

In the middle of the picture, in the middle of all the requests, was a paper that said “please”.  That’s all it said…. please.  I had to ask Beth if she wrote that or if one of the kids wrote that.  I thought perhaps that was her paper, pleading with God on behalf of all the kids.  She said it was not her paper, but was out of the “God Can” can.  Sometimes we do not even know what to pray.  Sometimes our hurts or needs are so deep that we are at a loss for words.  The good news is that we have a God who calls Himself our Heavenly Father.  He knows our needs before we ever ask. His Word says in Romans 8:26:

“In the same way, the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, since we do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words…”

verse 27 continues: “And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.…”

We learned as children that Please is the magic word.  Sometimes it is all we have and because of the goodness of our Father, it is all He needs to hear from us.

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