I love encouraging my children to pray, and I love even more listening to what comes out of their mouths when they are talking to God. Sometimes, we as adults think our words have to be big and fancy or we need to be long-winded to make our petitions clear, or if we are praying in front of others, we must pray to impress with our “spirituality.” However, this is not the case at all. God wants us to talk to Him just like we talk to our best friend, simply and humbly.
That’s why I love hearing my children’s prayers. They are simple, honest, and real! They don’t practice their prayers or write them down so they get them “right.” They simply come to the Father in their childlike faith that He hears them and will answer them.
We have a friend we pray for almost every night who is paralyzed from the neck down as a result of a horrible accident. One night, Logan prayed for him and simply stated, “God please make him feel better.” That was Logan’s way of expressing his heart to the Lord, very simply.
Another night, our two year old wanted to pray. When it was his turn, he sweetly said, “Dear Jesus, I love you, and…” It was the simplest and most precious prayer I had heard in a long time. Luke expressed his heart simply, and God knows exactly.
It doesn’t take big words or complicated sentence structures to communicate with the God who made the heavens and the earth. He wants us to come to Him simply, with childlike faith and rest in Him for the answers to our prayers.