Prayer is one of the most important and powerful things I can teach my children to do. And I’m not talking about the mealtime and bedtime prayers (which are important), but embracing it as a lifestyle; a cornerstone on which they build their relationship with the Lord.
I know the Lord gives multiple opportunities daily to nurture this habit in my daughter that I so often let drift away by currents of distraction.
However, today I caught hold of one..
Her: “Mommy, my arm has a bump on it that hurts.. I think I need to go to the Dr”
Me: “I’m sorry, I think you will be ok”
Her: “But, I need to go to the Dr”
Me: “Well, God is the best Dr. Why don’t we pray and ask Him to help your arm feel better?”
(we stop and pray)
About 10 minutes later I asked if her arm was feeling better. She looks at me, eyes wide with excitement “Yes! It does!”
This may seem like a minor example, but in so many ways it’s really not. These are the moments I need to be seizing more often! If I can teach her that God cares about these seemingly ‘minor’ daily events of her life, then He absolutely cares about significant ones.
Not only does this teach her to pray, but it also builds up her faith!
Lord, open my eyes to each occasion you give me to cultivate a lifestyle of prayer in my children – help me to teach by example.
Here is a little testimony 🙂