Kids ask the best questions. Let me rephrase that, MY kids ask the best questions. I say my kids because frankly my kids are in fact better than your kids. By a long shot. I mean seriously, would you expect anything different from a man who’s made a living out of creating awesome things?
Ok, ok, I’m just joshin’ ya. Funny how I always hated hearing that as a kid, but I digress.
Seriously though, if you’re a parent, then you already know exactly what I’m talking about here.
Kids don’t have the filters that we adults have, and that’s part of what makes them such incredible blessings.
Kids provide us with beautiful pictures of things that once were and hope for what could be again. (tweet that)
Just the other day I was talking with a neighbor friend, whose son and my son are best friends. They were telling me about having to attend a funeral and how their son reacted. We stood in the street talking, and were both shocked at the seemingly innocent understanding this young boy had about what he had just witnessed.
I was telling them about how I think there really is a sacred connectedness inside the innocent and how, more often than not, this played out in our kids. As you age, and enter different stages and seasons of life you lose touch with that connectedness and more importantly with that innocence.
When you’re young, anything is possible and everything is an adventure.
Your emotions are huge and your joys uncontainable.
It was meant to be this way.
I believe that’s part of what Christ was trying to teach the disciples when he rebuked them for not letting the children approach him.
I’ve written frequently over the years about various questions that my daughter has asked and as she gets older, the questions are getting harder and harder.
The other day we were reading a story in the storybook bible. (which you need to own 3 copies of, 1 for yourself, and 2 to give away) And she asks me, “Dad, if God knows everything, then why do we pray?”
Great question right? Have you ever asked it? Perhaps you’ve thought it and felt it, but never actually voiced the words.
My wife and I gave the best answer we could, but I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.
Your prayers and your worship are deeply connected. And in the very simplest of definitions, if prayer is nothing more than just communicating with The Father, then your worship can be just as simple.
The mistake that is often made from prayer and worship is in thinking that somehow you are putting pressure on God to respond, or react.
This can’t be further from the truth.
That’s not to say or diminish the power of prayer or even to suggest that our prayers aren’t answered.
But in trying to keep things simple, prayer and worship are necessary not because they change God but because they change you.
So asking the question should you pray isn’t asking the right question at all.
The better question is are you comfortable continuing to be the person you were yesterday? And the day before that. And the day before that. And so on.
Are you so content with your struggles and with your defects of character that you won’t even consider giving prayer a chance?
The simple, good news, for you and I today is this: “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:13
What do you think? Why do you pray?
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