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October 22, 2011

Pray Like a Child

Lately I have been praying differently. Since I started reading the book “A Praying Life” by Paul Miller it has revolutionized how I pray privately. You see for the longest time I thought prayer is structured. We have been taught to pray using ACRONYMS.

A- adoration C-confession T- thanksgiving S- Supplication.

But you see God told us to come to him as a child. To have faith like a child. To ask like a child. To pray like a child.

My daughters every time they come to me don’t come in with an acronym. They don’t need to adore me first – they just talk, ask and spend time with me.

A child when they ask sometimes don’t know what they are asking for.

Alyanna: Dad, let’s go to America tomorrow, please????

A child would ask anytime of the day.

Mika last night at around 1130pm. Trying to wake me up says: “Dad, tomorrow can you explain to me Osmosis Jones?”

In a scene from Real Steel, the child not knowing what he was asking for defiantly asked for his robot to fight the champion Zeus. He did not need to know the technicalities, the limitations and the intricacies of prayer. He had faith to believe. I think that is the kind of faith we need when we come to prayer.

Prayer for today: ” Lord give me the faith of a child. May I not limit you. Lord, I ask that you open up my eyes to see that you are a BIG GOD and that my prayers starting today would not be limited to my own perspective and abilities. I serve a big GOD. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”