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The Power of Prayer

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This week my four year old son, Jackson, has been praying for rain every night and twice we have woken up and it has been raining. Each time I have taken him to the front door, reminded him what he prayed for, and showed him the rain. He said, “God answered my prayer!” He was very excited about this. This excitement usually lasted until we were on our way to school and he said something about the playground, and I had to remind him he wouldn’t be playing outside today due to the rain.

The prayers of a child are so precious. They are honest and heartfelt. A child never hides anything from God. Their prayers are often humorous because of this brutal honesty. Whatever is on their mind usually comes out in prayer. One day they are thanking God for all their toys and the next day they are praying for someone they know who is sick. They quickly learn the form of a prayer, but it never becomes monotonous for them. They make their own and they pour out their heart to God, even if pouring out their heart includes praying for the family dog or thanking God for a new toy they have received.

This week it has been so wonderful to get to see my child discover the power of prayer. He prayed for rain and God answered his prayer. I know that God will not answer all of his prayers in his lifetime, and I know that sometime in the future he will be disappointed when God does not grant one of his requests. That is ok. Those will be teaching moments also. The important thing is that he does not allow his faith to falter.

God is great! God answers prayers! However, sometimes God answers prayers according to his will and not our own. This can be difficult for us, and we need to remember that we are children of God. He is our Father and we are his sons and daughters. Perhaps, this is the key to prayer. In prayer we need to always trust that our Father knows best. We need to be open and honest with him. We need to tell him what is on our heart, and when he sees fit he will give us what we requested. Why? Just like I delighted this week in seeing my son’s prayers answered, God delights when he sees us discovering the power of prayer. This is a delight that never gets old and it happens over and over again.

“If you then, who are 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

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