Childlike Prayer

Proud grandmothers. You can’t blame them for wanting to brag about their grandchildren. Those little ones are the apples of Granny’s eyes and the blessings from Granny’s God all rolled up in sticky hands and sweet hearts. And sometimes the bragging is beyond beautiful because it is so deserving…

My sister, Barbara, sent me the text of an email her little granddaughter’s teacher sent to her son, Jeff, and daughter-in-law, Amanda. Here it is:

Hi Amanda,

I just wanted to take a minute and email you and let you know your daughter did the sweetest thing this afternoon when they got up from nap, I told the class I would have to leave as soon as Mr. ________ got there to take Mrs. ________ to doctor and she got down on her knees out of her chair and prayed for her right then. Of course that brought tears to my eyes. I just thought I would share that with you and your husband…

Oh man, you can’t blame Granny Barb for swelling up from pride over that. Little McKoy, as they say down in Georgia, “just blessed their hearts.” Such a spontaneous act of prayer comes from a heart fully dependent on and fully devoted to God. It’s called faith. It’s called worship. We learn about this kind of trust in Mark 10:13-16. Here’s what Mark recorded:

And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

The Lord loves this childlike faith. Notice I wrote “childlike faith,” not childish faith. We all know the difference. One is beautiful, pure, expectant. The other is manipulative, greedy, and indulgent. Little McKoy’s immediate turn to prayer erupted as naturally for her as her desire to hug her daddy’s neck when he comes home from work. She depends on both her Dad’s.

Have you thought about your “turning to God in prayer” quotient lately? Are you just as likely to drop to your knees in prayer as you are to start talking about your problems? Do you find yourself fully dependent and fully expectant in your walk with the Savior? If not, what’s the hold up? What roadblocks are you facing?

Could it be so easy…so simple…so childlike? Try dropping to your knees. Let McKoy show you how.


2 thoughts on “Childlike Prayer

  1. Jeff says:

    Hey Rick, I can honestly say that Mckoy impresses us all the time like this. It’s amazing at how a 5 year old can understand the depth of God’s love and faithfulness. We are very blessed to have such a sweet little girl. Thank you for posting this!

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