Welcome to Week 3 of Anchored in Prayer. I’m so glad that you are here!
When I was a little girl I used to be very afraid of the dark. Each night I would curl up under the covers and shut my eyes and wait for sleep to come. Unfortunately, more often than not, my imagination would get in the way and I would begin to imagine scary monsters crawling out of my closet. On these nights, I would shut my eyes tight and pray for God to send his angels to watch over me while I slept. After whispering my prayer to Jesus I would close my eyes tight until I fell asleep. Never once did I peek to see if the angels were really there because I believed that they were.
This, my dear friends, is child-like faith.
As a child, I simply believed that the angels were there. Now I wonder if they were there or if I just imagined their presence. As we grow up our perspectives change, but I imagine that God prefers for us to come to him as a child.
I may still pray fervently, but when I say amen, I want to open my eyes for a peek. I want to know if I was really heard.
As I was preparing to write this, I found myself asking how long it had been since I had prayed like I child. I think that it has simply been too long. So today, let’s not only talk about praying like a child, but let’s challenge each other to make the change in our lives for good.
Kids know how to trust. As a child I knew that God loved me and I believed that He was there for me. I didn’t know much about the world yet and never questioned what I was taught. I didn’t need to peek because I had not yet learned to question the world. Do you see what I am saying? As a child, my parents provided everything for me. Food, clothes, my home, my toys, everything. I didn’t have to worry about what was right for me so I was able to trust them blindly. Now that I am an adult, I question everything. I have to question everything. I have to decide what to feed my family, how we will heat our home, how and where we will spend our money and a million more things that are equally important. If a salesman shows up at my door I do not trust him. I have learned to question everything.
And somehow, that perspective has carried over to my prayer life. If we want to live a life anchored in prayer then we must be willing to trust God blindly without a single doubt. We need to reclaim our child-like faith.
Imagine that you are 5 years old again and that you are proudly standing in front of a mirror. You are wearing your pink bow, your yellow bow, your blue headband, and about 18 plastic hair clips. Your curls are sticking out on each side and you are beginning to look like a little lion. Despite your tries, you need help. So you run to your mom and she lovingly smooths down your hair and together you create the perfect hairstyle.
Children are not afraid to ask for help in the midst of their mess.
Sometimes I think that we want to go to God, but feel like we can’t because we are not yet presentable. We find ourselves saying ‘I want to pray, but I need to improve_____first.’ To us, this makes sense, but the Bible says:
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” Psalm 139:1-6
Praise God for loving us through the mess! In fact, He already understands what you are going through. Go to Him now and let Him help you. That is what a child would do and that is what God wants us to do.
If you have ever been around a three year old, even if for only a few minutes, then you know that kids ask a lot of questions. Can I get an ‘amen’ from the preschool mamas out there? Kids ask a lot of questions and will persistently continue to ask until they have their answer! Isn’t that right? When we approach the throne of our God with child-like faith, it is ok for us to do the same.
Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
How many blessings have we missed out on because we simply didn’t take the time to ask for them? You will not sound like a nuisance to God because He loves you like a parent loves their child. Actually, His love goes so deep that we will never be able to fully understand it.
Take a few moments to sit down and pray today. Go to God exactly like you are, mess and all and ask for what you need and trust Him with a faith that doesn’t need a ‘peek.’
Mark 10:14 say, “When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
Go, my friends, and reclaim your child-like faith.