That sounds like a silly thing to point out, that I went to church on a Sunday, and that I prayed.
It's what Christians are supposed to do: Go to church, and pray.
But this was different. Maybe it shouldn't have been so different, but churches don't do this every week, or in many cases, every generation.
Instead of the usual sermon, the Pastor had us pair off and talk about what we are good at.
We also wrote a prayer on a slip of paper. We got up and passed our papers around. We prayed the prayer written on the slip, which by this time belonged to an unknown and invisible person.
The prayer I ended up with was a one word prayer, for understanding.
Some prayed the prayers aloud.
One man was moved to find the prayer on the slip he wound up with was a prayer that named him and prayed for his health.
Others prayed for peace, safe travels, and an end to bad things like hunger.
The Pastor invited us to take the slips home.
This morning I cleaned out my purse and found the slip of paper.
Understanding: Such a powerful prayer. So much packed into one word.
According to the Bible (Isaiah 11: 1-2), understanding is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Well, in some translations there are six gifts, so the gift mentioned twice is given a slightly different spin to make it seven, because ancient numerologists thought seven was a lucky number and six, not so much. But I digress.)
I like this prayer. I'm going to keep praying it. I hope it benefits the person who wrote it on the slip. In any case, I truly believe it will benefit me.
A prayer doesn't have to be complicated.
In my experience, prayers are great when they are somewhere between one word and one short sentence.
These are the prayers that tend to get written on our hearts and gradually transform us from the outside in.
What is your one word prayer? Tweet it, Facebook it, and hashtag it #onewordprayer.