Remember your Grandmother reminding you to say “please” and “thank you?” Of course, you do.
I never have been able to pray out loud the way others can. When I do pray out loud, I am alone, and I start with “God? Please….” and I end with “Thank you.” It only seems natural to do it that way.
By the way, ever since my college days, I have listened to others start their prayers with, “Jesus, I just….”
What is this “just” business? Why “just?” Just what? Is it that they don’t want Jesus to make the mistake that there are any concerns outside of “just what I am talking about, now.” “I just…” To me, that seems sloppy and a bit too casual. Sure, it is important to become comfortable in one’s communicating with God but…really? Just?
Anyway, back to please and thank you. I will reiterate what my dear beloved Irene said in one of her poems, that “Fear” of God does not exactly mean “Terror” and some people, recovering from a childhood with an abusive father, may need to be able to think of God in a much gentler and safer light. But, I still feel more comfortable being polite and respectful and therefore remembering to say “Please” and “Thank you.”
…and, “I love you” and “good night.”