11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:11)
Every morning when we are driving the kids to school, my wife and I have a few games we play. One of them is about giving thanks and speaking into our day. Now in order for this game to work, my wife Bee3 or myself have to start first. This is how the kids usually pray.
Nandi, our 6-year old daughter always thanks God for mummy and daddy, then she thanks God for her little sister, her friends at school and her teachers. Then, she’ll start conversing with God about anything and everything. Now that’s when it gets interesting and funny. She’ll start talking about a friend who was rude to her at school, another who refused to play with her or share her break snack. Then she’ll start telling God how she’s going to love them no matter what. She’ll even start talking about siblings that don’t exist… (Insert double face palm here).
Soraya, our 3-year old, will start by blessing her food. Please note that we are in the car driving to school. Then, she’ll thank God for her break snack and eventually for mummy, daddy and her big sister, Nandi. She also occasionally thanks God for her school and her nanny. Then other times she’ll thank God for Sophia the first and Doc McStuffins.
It’s amazing how honest, simple and sweet children’s prayers are. They are so pure and untainted by religious lingo. They don’t pray to impress God or their parents. They just talk to God like a friend, a big brother that cares for them. Many times, I get to know what is bothering my children by listening to them as they pray. I also get to know what is important to them and who is closest to them. And guess what, I usually want TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
Imagine this, if I, an earthly father listens keenly to my daughters’ prayers and wants to do something about them, how much more our heavenly Father? Next time when you go to God in prayer, do not approach Him like a chest-thumping prayer warrior. Do not approach Him like a beggar asking for some bread crumbs off His table. Approach Him like a confident son knowing that He loves you and is listening to your prayer.