Bringing our hopes and needs to Jesus isn’t like sitting on Santa’s lap with a long list of wants and wishes. Most of our deepest needs can’t be wrapped and put under a Christmas tree. They are matters of the heart and are as wide as the world in which we live.
Besides, God already knows us better than we know ourselves. Prayer isn’t about informing God. It’s more like sharing our deepest desires and passions in dialogue with a loved one or a trusted friend – sometimes with sighs too deep for words.
In his beautiful song “Thankful,” Josh Grogan expresses my hopes and wishes this Christmas:
So we pray for
What we know can be.
And every day we hope for
What we still can’t see.
It’s up to us to be the change.
And even though we all can still do more,
There’s so much to be thankful for.
It can’t hurt to ask!