“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy.” 1 Thessalonians 3:11
In Judaism, “wish-prayers,” that is, prayers that start, “May God …” were considered real prayers and were offered to God with the expectation that he would hear and answer. We don’t need to get distracted by our words when we pray. We aren’t praying to a formula or a ritual. God knows our hearts and even hears our “wordless groans” (Romans 8:26).