Lately I have been talking to my children about PRAYER! There is so much we need to know about prayer. Most people including children want to know about how to get their prayers answered. they want to know how to have power in prayer. How to see the miraculous in the everyday life. But many never scratch the surface of how to really know God! How to get a hold of God and get his favor in your life. I'm not saying that you are wanting his material blessings so much although that will follow but how to actually form a correct prayer.
The Lord has been teaching me these things personally so I thought that it would behoove me to teach these same things to my children because I see some lacking in their lives. The first thing that we did on our prayer journey was to make a sort of chart. On this chart we wrote our needs on one side and we wrote our wants on the other. We called this the George Mueller wall. From this thought we learned about George Mueller. The children were really inspired when we started seeing God answer our prayers needs and wants.
During this time of learning I began pointing our to the kids that God really desires for us to communicate with him! He wants a relationship with YOU! He made you so that he could have great conversations and teach us as we go through life. He wants to give us solutions for our problems. He wants to lead us to the place where he wants us to serve. He wants to grow us everyday.
So many times he wants us to talk to him and we don't. So he tries to create these moments in our lives where all we can do is to rely on him. At least from his point of view. Sometimes we are so dense that we just panic and think that there is just no hope and begin to get depressed.
After this God began to work on me about how or the methodology behind how we address God in our prayers. Isn't it great how God gives you a taste of what he can do for you first and then he tries to reach you on a more deeper level. He knows how to hook you. He IS the all-knowing one!!!
If you read the model prayer God gives us a method by which we should pray. The first part of the prayer shows us how God would like to be addressed. He wants you to acknowledge who he is!
So we did a little exercise of prayer where all we did was pray and tell God what we were thankful for and telling God who he was. We told him he was the great physician, the provider, and the giver of good gifts.
I also spent days explaining how that we should treat God with more respect than we have. We should not only come to him and beg like a puppy but we should try to carry on a conversation about him and about us too. Tell him our hopes and dream and fears as well.
Today I want to go a little farther with that thought and make a poster with the attributes of God. Then I want to have the children to pick out from this list what they want to talk to God about. Then I want to speak to them about how that God wants us to do this because many times we as humans need this in our life so that we will recognize these good things about God because we have a tendency to set ourselves up as deity. We tend to set ourselves up as all sufficient! If we don't, those around us in the worldly circles, tend to try to convince us through media, books movies and friendships that we are in control and this is our world! If we are not connecting with God every day we will take the reigns and place ourselves in Gods special place! That is why every day we need to lift God up to his elevated place and know who he is!
Constantly we have to focus on what God is doing! The Devil wants to gain an inroad into our lives and destroy how God has been blessing. I believe it is so much like how God was working with the children of Israel. Many times they lost sight of how God did truly love them and how he was taking care of them just because they were seeing some dark days and dark times. But God often wants to lighten those hard times if we would just reach out to him and spend some quality time with him in prayer.
Have you been thinking about prayer lately?
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