The Innocence of Prayer

The earlier this week on vacation, our youngest, who is three, wanted to pray.  In her sweet little prayer, Maddy proceeded to ask for a pony.  At that request, there were several snickers from her older siblings.  It made me stop and contemplate at what point in our life do we lose the innocence of prayer.  I am not saying that little Maddy is going to receive a pony, but I am not about to put God in a box and put limitations on what He can do.  God set the world in motion and created every single thing with a word.  There is absolutely nothing too big or too small to bring before God.  If it concerns us, then it concerns God.  We simply need to believe that He is able.  A great reminder of this is seen in Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”  This is a foundational issue.  We have to believe that He can.  The word able comes from the Hebrew word dunamis, which means dynamite.  It refers to the power that God has.  Not only does He have power, but also He is power and it can never be exhausted.  This section of scripture does not necessarily mean that God will answer each and every request we take before Him in the way we think is best.  We must keep in mind that “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8).  God has a greater purpose and plan for each of us.  Therefore, I challenge you to take your requests and the desires of your heart and lay them at God’s feet believing all the while that He is ABLE and trusting He will do what is best for you.  Let this be your prayer

One thought on “The Innocence of Prayer

  1. This really makes me stop and think. How often are our requests pretty much on the same level as Maddy’s pony? Are they things we really need? Or are they things we simply want? Perhaps when we send up those prayers, God almost wants to “snicker” and shake His head knowing how far our thoughts are from His thoughts.

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