A child’s Prayer

I have had many answered prayers.  No, not coincidences,  answered prayers; direct, detailed, perfectly timed, answered prayers.  However, one stands out above all others, because it taught me so much about faith and God.  This prayer was the prayer of a child.  My child.  Joshua was about 3-4 years old.  He wasn’t yet in kindergarten.  Every morning I would turn on the T.V. to a preschool aged program for children.  Some of you may remember it, and/or heard of it.  It was called Romper Room.  It was an engaging program for preschoolers, and always before snack time, there would be a prayer that the teacher and children would all pray together.  Being a Christian, I thought Romper Room was a great program for Josh, as I tried to instill Christian values in him at a young age.

We lived on a farm.  We had cows, some chickens and a couple of cats.  One of the mama cats had babies.  Oh, such sweet, cute babies they were!  We always kept the babies because of the farm and they always ate well with field mice.  This particular batch of kittens were healthy and they would wander in and out of our farmhouse.  They were about 12 weeks old and we grew so attached to them.  I believe it was on one Fall day when one of these kittens wandered into the house with Joshua.  We were in the kitchen, where the entrance door was.  I don’t quite remember why or how, but I gave the door a big push to completely close it.  What I didn’t realize was the kitten that had come in, was right in the door way where the door closes, and as I pushed it shut, it slammed into the kitten hard. It squealed, and then fell over.  I was horrified.  I went to it and stroked it, and no response.  It was barely breathing with eyes closed and unresponsive.  I felt so bad, and I didn’t know what to do.  But Joshua did.  My little toddler went over to it and said he wanted to say a prayer.  So we both kneeled down by this kitten, and I had my hand on it as Josh folded his, bowed his head and prayed.  “God is great.  God is good.  Let us thank him for this food.  Amen.” (It was the only prayer he knew, which he heard every morning on Romper Room)I got a huge smile on my face and before I could utter a word, the kitten got up and started walking around as though nothing happened!  I gasped in awe, but Josh, well Josh knew it was going to be ok, because Josh believed God, and because of that faith, God healed that kitten instantly and completly.  I embraced my son, and I also embraced the fact that God knows our hearts, and answers accordingly. God didn’t respond according to his words, but He answered according to his heart.

I know that when we pray, we don’t always know what to say.  I don’t.  Sometimes the pain is too deep for me to say it out loud.  Sometimes I am so emotionally drained, I can’t utter a word because I feel so weak.  Sometimes I do say the words, but I grope for what sounds right. Other times I fumble my words or I’m just unsure of how to say what I mean before a holy and righteous God.  At those times, how good to know that God hears our prayers in always the right way.  Though my lips may say the wrong words or the fumbled words, the heart cannot lie.  And God, well, to Him, it’s a matter of the heart.

1 Samuel 16:7b                                                                                                                                   “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Mark 11:23
“Truly, I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.

Luke 16:15a
He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts.

In closing, I just want to encourage you in your prayers.  The words don’t have to sound like a Pastors prayer, and the length of them don’t need to be long. (Sometimes a prayer can be simply, “Jesus, help me.”)  He hears that as much as He hears the long, winded ones, and probably prefers them as well.  Also, you don’t have to be on  your knees, (I actually would love to, but with having painful knees, I can’t)  I talk to God while working, driving, reading, and falling asleep. Sometimes I can really say a ‘nice’ prayer, but in all honesty, the best ones come not from my lips, but straight from my heart.  Those prayers are sometimes silent, sometimes (many times)  with tears and sometimes my thoughts are so cluttered and I feel so unworthy or drained, that nothing seems to make sense, so in my mind I simply say, “God, please hear my heart.”

God loves you, He knows everything about you, for you are His creation. Your picture would be on His refrigerator, if He had one.  He hears your heart, and sees your faith  and will always, always make sure everything works out on your behalf. So talk to Him,  even if your words sound messed up and unimportant, or, just be silent, and don’t utter a word, but do open up your heart to Him, and always, believe Him, just as your child believes you. We all need child like faith with a child like heart, and then God will  bring about ‘the rest of the story’.

Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

About myjourneywithjesus2017

Hello! My name is Sheree, and this is just a little about myself.  I am a mom, grandma, sister, aunt, daughter, sister-in-law and wife.  I enjoy baking and am presently baking at a family restaurant in my hometown of about 11,000.  I enjoy the computer, writing, love animals, good coffee and have a sweet tooth that never dies!  I also am a homebody, and enjoy spending time with my family.  I have 6 children of my own, 3 step children, and  14 grandchildren. I am married to Joe, (my second marriage) and we both enjoy being outdoors on nice days.  He enjoys the woods, while I enjoy my small deck with a shade tree. Every once in a while one of the kids or grandkids will stop by to brighten my day.  My husband and I both are Green Bay Packer fans, and attend an awesome church with an awesome Senior Pastor and staff. I am interested in Bible Prophecy and love Christian music, my favorite band being Casting Crowns, though there are so many great songs out there, I could never name them all.  Music connects me to God in such a personal way, mostly because they express what my heart has felt so many times. Lastly, I’m not rich, beautiful or famous and those have never been my goals, but I have a heart for God, and I have so many instances where He has moved and worked in my life.  Some of those times, I hope to share with you.  I know Jesus lives, and I know I will go to heaven when I am called ‘home’.  I also know without a doubt that He loves you more than anyone else.  You were on His mind as He hung on the cross, because you were the reason He was there.  I am the reason He was there, and so is every person on earth the reason He was there.  I want people to know there is hope.  There is always hope.  The only time when hope is gone, is if  you ever find yourself totally separated from God, after your death.  I pray that never happens and you can be sure it doesn’t.  Your soul will be saved if you say the sinners prayer, and you mean every word.  If you are looking for love, forgiveness, peace and eternal life, you need to look no further than the cross on which Jesus died for you.  He was raised on  the 3rd day and He has an awesome future in store for all those who believe.  Don’t wait until it’s too late. Sinners prayer-  “Dear Lord, I come to you in repentance of my sin.  I believe you died for me, rose again and you live today.  Please cleanse my heart and help me to live for you.  Thank you for forgiving me.  I surrender my life to you, and receive you as my personal Lord and Savior.  Amen.”
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