Sunday, March 02, 2008

Out of the Mouth of Babes

Our youngest daughter Emilee (she just turned five) stopped suddenly the other evening and said, "We need to pray right now." She then proceeded to start her prayer like this, "God, I love you. I love you a lot." She then finished her prayer quickly and went on about her business.

It's amazing to see Emilee's authenticity when it comes to God. So many of us get caught up in the "technical" aspects of prayer (what to say, when to say it, etc.) instead of just opening up a conversation with God. Prayer should truly be like the faith of a child instead of the convoluted systematic process that we are so prone to fall into.

When is the last time you simply had a conversation with God? Has prayer become a ritual or routine? Maybe it's time to take a moment, stop what you're doing and thank God for being a loving and accessible God.

2 comments:

Goldenchild said...

That's so awesome! I'm glad Emilee is getting the chance to grow up knowing God... she's going to make a great kid.

Stephen Emlund said...

Just this weekend, When Nate Larkin spoke he said that he often talks to God without using all the "Christian buzzwords". I think it's important to keep the routiness out of prayer.