Have you ever heard of the shower prayer? I pray it every day. It goes something like this:
Lord, wash my feet that they may follow Your path. Wash my hands that they may do Your work in this world. Cleanse my head of all distractions and fill it with thoughts of You –
I wish I prayed like that in the shower every morning. I probably should. But my shower prayer (and I don’t pray it every day, only every-day-I-shower) goes more like this…
Lord, please keep my kids from murdering each other long enough for me to step in the shower. I just want to rinse off. Run some water over my body. Just one minute.
Please God, please.
Okay, I rinsed. I’m wet. It’s still quiet out there? Thank You, Jesus.
Maybe I’ll just lather up real quick. Lord give me just one more minute. I just want to wash my feet. And maybe my armpits. Give me enough time to soap up real quick.
Oh, and maybe even rinse off this time too. Please God don’t let all heck break loose right now. I really don’t want to jump out of the shower all covered in suds and have to slip across the tiled floor and crash through the bathroom door to yell at my crazy maniacs.
They’re still quiet? Something must be wrong. Please God give me some sign that my children are still alive. Oh! There’s a crash… And a scream. But is it a happy scream or a hurt scream?
There it is again. Definitely happy.
I wonder what they broke. Lord, please not grandma’s antique hurricane lamp. I’ll never hear the end of it. Should I go check?
But they’re quiet again.
Maybe I’ll wash my hair after all. God, You know how long it’s been since I’ve washed my hair. I don’t even know. But You do. It would mean so much to me to be able to scrub some of these pounds of dry shampoo out.
Please, Lord, I don’t ask for much for myself. Just give me a few more minutes, I promise I’ll be quick.
Uh oh, they’re banging the door down. I need to hurry up. I’m just… about… done… rinsing. Here they come…
“Wait, what? Who ate a stick of butter?”
God, help me get through this day.
What prayers get you through crazy days?