"The problem, I have realized, about praying safe prayers is that it keeps God small. Small enough that I feel like I can control him. Small enough that He can neither surprise me or disappoint me. It keeps Him falsely manageable. It keeps God at bay and un-wonderful. Just a little distant but also weak. It keeps my relationship with him polite but not intimate. Safe but not exciting. Tidy but not messy and transformative. "