These are the best prayers. Simple. Versatile. Powerful.
There are no better ways to relate to God than these tiny sentences. Whether whispered in earnest or shouted in excitement, nothing works better in attempting to communicate with the divine.
“Thank you” and “Help me, please” are also the best ways to relate to other people. Universally, people like other people who are grateful and humble. It’s not mere politeness. When you thank someone or ask for their help, you are connecting with them and affirming them, and they are very likely to reciprocate. It’s the spark and the fuel of real relationships.
Simple. Real. Honest.
Start your day with thanks and an awareness of God and others. Then teach the children in your life to do the same. It will yield health, happiness, and a better world. Remember that you must do it first, for children are much better at following your actions than your words.
– What can I be particularly thankful for today?
– What is something that I normally take for granted that is worthy of thanks?
– What is something I need special help with today?
– How can I show appreciation to someone today?