Jokes in Prayer?
What did the bra say to the hat? You go on ahead, while I give these two a lift. Imagine saying that line in a prayer. I have to admit I hadn’t really ever thought about telling jokes while praying, or even being too light-hearted for that matter, until last night.
I went to a R.S. enrichment night and a girl bore her testimony about prayer. She said she often tells jokes while praying to our Heavenly Father. At first I thought, “That’s a little weird.” But the more I have thought about it, she might actually be on to something.
Prayer for me has always been very serious. I have used prayer to fervently ask for things I think I need and for protection for my family. I have prayed for emotional well-being and spiritual uplifting. I have given thanks for blessings received. I have spoken with my Heavenly Father with deep gratitude and love for Him and His son. Never have I been sarcastic in any way. I guess I thought it a waste of time. Now, I’m not so sure.
In a conference address given by Joseph B. Wirthlin, he said to give thanks for small things like the sound of a loved ones’ voice, or the taste of your favorite food. To me, I would never think to pray for these things. I guess I have always felt they are too inane for prayer. I think though, what this girl was really saying is that, the Lord does care about every aspect of our lives. He loves each of us and wants to listen to us even if what we say may seem trite.
I think we as children of God probably benefit more from prayer than God. Granted, He wants to hear from us and be a part of our lives on earth, I think we need prayer more than He does. After all our primary purpose on earth is to work out our salvation and it is through prayer that we can do this. So, if our lives seem so crazy and stressed, maybe a little laughter with our Father in Heaven is just what we need.
When I was little my Dad was a ward missionary and he would sometimes teach inmates at the county jail. I have never forgotten a story he told my family after one such visit. He said he was in a room full of prisoners and they were taking turns telling why they were there. One prisoner simply said, “I stopped saying my prayers.”
As a child this frightened me. I thought if you stopped saying your prayers you would go to jail, but I have since learned this isn’t the case. I believe prayer is such an integral part of our lives here. I feel differently now about prayer. I think it can be so much more than what I have always done.
One last thought….In 3 Nephi 1:13 Nephi was praying with a heavy heart and the Lord said to him, “Lift up your head and be of good cheer….” So, maybe when we are down, all we need is a little “good cheer”.