Does God always understand our prayers? Sometimes I accidentally say the wrong words when praying with my own words, and I sometimes wonder if God knows what I really meant.
For example, I may be praying that abortion get banned, but in my mind I may get a bit confused and wind up thinking the wrong words. Sometimes I accidentally think the opposite of what I meant to think when praying, and I wind up repeating the prayer with the correct words.
Does God always understand our prayers, even if we accidentally say/think the wrong words?
I find you have to use simple words with God… like please, forgive, love. Ofcourse He sees into your very heart, not a single hair on your head is uncounted by Him. He knows your thoughts before the words are formulated… however fumbled. Do not worry about words. Just sitting with Him before the Eucharist is enough for many.
Also He knows his children. If you heard your child saying something contrary to their nature or personality would you not listen to understand the deviation? He knows your love of the innocent. Thus he will ignore your confusion.
I’m sorry, but I have one more question. How do you know if you are in “Prayer Mode” or “Non Prayer Mode” with the Sign of the Cross? Sometimes I forget how many times I made it, and I don’t know if I am in the “Prayer Mode” or the “Non Prayer Mode”. Does it really even matter?
I am not sure if I understand Prayer Mode, Non Prayer Mode, and how many times. Is this an even-number, odd-number thing? If so, forget that and go back to basics: Why do we make the Sign of the Cross?
The Catechism teaches this: 2157 The Christian begins his day, his prayers, and his activities with the Sign of the Cross: “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” The baptized person dedicates the day to the glory of God and calls on the Savior’s grace which lets him act in the Spirit as a child of the Father. The sign of the cross strengthens us in temptations and difficulties.
It doesn’t sound like you could make the Sign of the Cross a wrong number of times, or too many times. By the same token, don’t worry if you omit it inadvertently or in haste.
Sometimes I just start talking to God during the day. While I’m cooking, cleaning, prepping meals for the homeless — God hears all and knows your heart. You don’t have to be in any mode or say set prayers. Wake up, say “Good Morning, Lord!” and go from there.