Maywe Lettuce

May we…

Let us…

I find these to be among the most annoying phrases that I hear in church. They are both asking permission, which is almost never appropriate when they are used. For example…

Let us pray. O God may we live as your people. etc…

Let us. Seriously? How about “I invite you to pray” or “I invite you to join with me in prayer”. I think that these are far more accurate than asking that some one “let” us pray together. I find that “may we” used in prayer is completely passive and isn’t really asking God for anything. I believe that when we pray it should be active. How about “help us live as your people, empower us to live as your people, strengthen us. I do not believe that we need to ask God’s permission to live as God’s people or most of the other things that we ask when we use the words “may we” in prayer.

What do you think? I would enjoy hearing why you agree or disagree.