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The four kinds of prayers we say to God

By Rabbi Marc Gellman, Tribune Content Agency on

Gimmie prayers are the prayers where you ask God to give you (gimmie) something you need but don't have now.

There are bad and there are good Gimmie Prayers.

Bad Gimmie Prayers are prayers where you ask God for something you don't have but don't really need. Most of the Gimmie Prayers for stuff are bad Gimmie Prayers. God is not the manager of a store that ships you stuff when you order them in a prayer. If you want something you should earn it.

So what about the good Gimmie Prayers?

One of the best Gimmie Prayers is a prayer where you ask God for something for somebody else. If someone you love is sick and you pray to God to help him or her get better, that is a good Gimmie Prayer because it is not about you.

A good Gimmie Prayer that is about you is when you pray to God to help you not be afraid. Knowing that God loves you and is with you always helps keep you from being scared. God will help you not be afraid of anything every time you pray a good Gimmie Prayer

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OOPS PRAYERS

Oops Prayers are those in which you say you are sorry to God for something you did that you should not have done.

Nobody is perfect. Nobody can go through life without making mistakes. Oops Prayers are what we say to God when we just messed up.

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