And Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, do not hinder them. For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these."
-Matthew 19:14

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How does a child pray?

So how does a child pray?

I am a mother of three sweet, busy, charming little children. Hadley is 5 and our tomboy in a tutu. She runs the show around here and I dare you to cross her. If crossed she is liable to sic her imaginary cricket, and close friend, "Jiminy" on you and who knows what would happen. Grayson is 3 and the biggest charmer cheesehead in the city. His sweet chubby cheeks each tucked with a dimple with have you falling for his charm in no time. He adores his sissy, dumptrucks, and batman. Finally, there is sweet baby Beckett. Beck recently turned 20 months old and would probably appreciate us dropping the name “baby.” He loves music and will break into dance anytime it hits him.

I love my children beyond words and I adore every minute I am blessed to watch them grow, but how I love to listen to them pray. Each night they take their turn saying their prayers to Jesus and it melts my heart. Their prayers are sometimes short and sometimes long saying thank you for everything they see as their eyes travel around the room. They involve imaginary things. They switch from thought to thought sometimes mid sentence. And sometimes they don't even make sense. Without a doubt though, I know every prayer makes Jesus smile.

Again how does a child pray? I feel a child prays the way Jesus taught us to pray that we may have forgotten over the years. They pray with such vulnerability holding nothing back. They pray with such sweet innocence knowing whole heartedly God could move a mountain tomorrow if they just pray about it. They pray with such emotion making your heart burst with love. Listening to a child pray makes others want to pray. They pray as a disciple. They pray as a teacher.

This blog is just a memory blog for me in writing down the dear sweet prayers of my children, Hadley five and Gray three. As Beck gets older his will be included as well. I want to share these simple words with others so you can feel the sweet peace of a child's words and hopefully it will bring a smile to your face and joy to your soul!

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