Eugene Peterson has called “Help” and “Thanks” the two best prayers anyone can pray. Anne Lamott added “Wow” to the list. These three words are all words that cultivate a mature spirituality
“Help” cultivates reliance on God, defeating the egoic reliance on ourselves. It recognizes God as the Source and creates a humble trust in God’s grace.
“Thanks” cultivates gratitude, defeating the tendency to be self-congratulatory when it comes our possessions and achievements. It recognizes that the good thing of live have come to us through the hands of a loving God.
“Wow” cultivates wonder, defeating the egoic need to be able to explain everything. It recognizes the ultimacy of Mystery, not as something to generate fear, but as something to ignite worship.
Prayer is the means of going outside of ourselves and entering into God, the One Who provides, blesses, and amazes–the One Who keeps revealing a grandeur our little self-made worlds cannot create, contain, or imagine.