As often as we might pray, we have to recognize the superficiality of them. These type of prayers are trite when measured against the collect for purity that I use to begin our service every Sunday…
“Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known and from whom no secrets are hid . . .”
There is no hiding anything from the all-powerful God mentioned in that prayer. The God mentioned in that prayer knows our innermost secrets. The God mentioned in that prayer knows the darkest thoughts in our minds and imaginations. He knows the things we won’t divulge to even our oldest and closest friend. In fact, he knows our thoughts before we do.
This raises the question… if God already knows… What’s the point of prayer? For the answer to that question, click here.