20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

The verses above are from Hebrews 13:20-21. It is the benediction for the book of Hebrews, and serves a prayer that God’s will be done through us, and that He gives us what we need to carry out His will, so that we may bring glory to His name. I often make a similar prayer when I am about to do something. For example, I was finally able to get on the road for a short run this past weekend for the first time in a while. I usually say a quick prayer that God gives me the strength to have a good run, and that through my running I somehow bring glory to His name by using my body for something positive. We don’t need long fancy prayers to please God. This reminds me of what Jesus said right before he shared with us what we now refer to as The Lord’s Prayer. Here is what Jesus said in Matthew 6:7-8 (The Message): “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Sage advice from the all-knowing Son of God. Keep your prayers simple. Pray that God use you for His will, and that He opens your eyes and ears so as to lead you, and open your heart that you may accept His will. This is what He will find pleasing.