Praying Like a Child

Posted: October 26, 2013 in Pastor Posts

This coming Sunday is the last session of our series PrayerMaster: Learning to Pray Like Jesus. Wednesday morning, my daughter reminded me about an important aspect of prayer that I had forgotten. It was an Ah ha moment. This probably could become a sermon in and of itself. However, I will limit it to a blog post this morning. In the sermon series, we have been looking at 3 prayers of Jesus, to learn how we should be praying. In that context, we must not forget another significant lesson that He taught. This is a lesson that isn’t limited to prayer specifically. However, it is not one be isolated from prayer either.

Mark 10:13-16 – “And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.”(Emphasis mine).

The teaching is fairly blunt. Reading between the lines, I hear Jesus saying, “If you continue to be consumed by your adult mindset – your tasks, needs, doubts, responsibilities, fears, rational thinking – you will not have the ability to live a ‘kingdom centered’ life.” And isn’t that true? Don’t we allow these things to distract us, to discourage us, to unnerve us, to make us question?

What about when it comes to prayer? What would it look like to pray like a child? Well, Wednesday morning I received a picture of that. I was walking my 3-year-old daughter Callie Sue from my office over to her preschool class. As we were walking across the parking lot she saw an ambulance drive by. She immediately said, “Daddy, we need to pray for the people in the amblience (the 3-year-old way of saying ambulance).” Before I could even say “good idea,” she started praying. She prayed the most authentic and heartfelt prayer I have ever heard. She said, “Dear Jesus, please help the people on the amblience to be okay. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Yes, it was brief. But, what is left to say? She said what she needed to say. And she talked to Jesus the way she would talk to me, her Daddy. And just like she believes that her Daddy is Superman and can fix every problem (something that is very hard to live up to, by the way), she prayed with the same trust and assurance that Jesus could fix the hurting people in the “amblience.”

So when we pray, let us remember that we can pray like a little child talking to her dad! Trust that God has it under control. Because unlike her daddy who really can’t fix everything, Callie’s Heavenly Daddy can and one day will!

Written by Pastor Dave


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