I caught my two year old son talking quite seriously on his toy phone the other day.
He seemed to be deep in conversation. As I got closer to him, I heard him say, “In Jesus’ name I pray.”
He was talking to Jesus! He had made the connection that prayer was talking to God, just like having any other conversation on the phone.
Kids just get it, don’t they? We, as adults, get caught up in the logistics and let religion get in the way of the simplicity of the gospel.
Watching my son talk on his phone reminded me of the verse from Luke 18:17 that says, “
Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
We need to get back to the basics and remember the simple truth:
1. God loves me so he sent his son, Jesus, to die for my sins (anything that separates me from God).
2. When I choose to ask Jesus to live in my heart and accept him as my Savior and Lord, I am saved.
3. As a believer, I walk in Christ’s power living in me. I can have faith in what the Bible says and trust that whatever he said I can do…I can do!
4. Prayer is just talking to God. And he loves it when I talk to him!
We’ve recently started teaching our five year-old daughter to pray to God by first praising and thanking him…then submitting her needs.
We’ve even given her the liberty to choose three needs to bring to God. That way, she understands and trusts that God can meet those needs, and she can be a witness to answered prayers.
Recent requests have included: a good school teacher, good friends at her new school and helping her to listen to mommy more. We have already seen God answer those prayers!
Don’t make it complicated. Have faith like a little child, and enjoy the blessings that you will receive from having that kind of faith.