Every night during family prayer, my husband and I get a good chuckle. Our children pray some of the most interesting prayers. Our daughter consistently prays according to Deuteronomy 28. She speaks all the blessings over her life. She’s the head and not the tail. She’s above and not beneath. She’s the lender not the borrower. Yes, she knows them all! Our son, on the other hand, well let’s just say he’s committed to talking to God about everything. He recently turned four and to say he enjoyed his birthday party is an understatement. Every night, he thanks God for D-A-N-I-E-L-S birthday party (yes, he spells his name during prayer) and he thanks God for everyone who attended. He talks to God about the children in his class, their good behavior and those who did not have good manners. He prays for his sister, consistently asking that she will be a little nicer and share more of her things with him. He thanks God for his parents and grandparents. He asks God to heal our family and friends who are sick and he calls each one by name. And let’s not forget the big truck he asks God to give his daddy with Alabama flags….”Roll Tide, God” is how this part of his prayer normally ends. And if there is a movie, action figure, race car, or truck that he believes he should have, the prayers don’t cease until it manifests.
But how much time do we spend in prayer? In the busyness of our day, are we offering a quick, customary prayer at night (that’s if we don’t fall asleep) and a simple “thank you” in the morning? Are we giving up on prayer because our expected answer has not come? Do we shake our heads at the decisions of the world and think God has forsaken us?
I believe more than ever God is calling His people to pray. To believe His word with an unceasing faith. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) tells us, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Scriptures also encourage us to keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking.
Our son’s prayers are long every night. He does not leave anything or anyone out. We now believe he is the example God wants us to follow. The length of our prayers is not important to God, but committing everything to Him in prayer, is. Regardless of how tired our son is, he never forgets to pray and no matter how tired we are, he never shortens his prayers.
Scripture says, “And a little child shall lead you.” Our children’s lives, in so many ways, are the example which God wants us all to follow.
Have you prayed today?