I’m writing this post as an addendum to the one I wrote earlier this morning about my son Jordan and a prayer we prayed last night. If you’ve arrived here first without reading the post that this article is referring to, you may want to read Prayer that has turned to Apathy toward God in the Mind of a Child first, so that this post will make more sense to you.
Okay, so Jordan and I were walking to school this morning when the subject of prayer came up. I asked him if he was feeling better this morning and he said he was. Referring back to the prayer we prayed last night, I asked him how it makes him feel when we pray and it doesn’t appear that God answered our prayers.
Childlike faith simply accepts what God has said and goes on with life without a grand showing of what the power of God has done in one’s life.
He told me that God always answers his prayers (when it comes to us praying for him to feel better).
DUH…I never even considered the fact he was getting his prayers answered at all! Jordan pointed out three benefits he receives when we pray together.
- He feels good about the fact that I would take the time to pray with him
- When we pray it reminds him that God is always there for him
- Most of the time he feels relief from his pain when we pray
Sometimes as parents, the words we receive from our children leave us shaking our heads in disgust with ourselves. This was one of those times. Yesterday I was thinking that Jordan was losing his confidence in God and as it turns out I was the one who needed a boost of confidence.
One big error I made in this instance was assuming that God wasn’t working in Jordan’s life. I think that as adults, some of us are so shocked when God does what He said He will do, unless the recipient of answered prayer is running around like a chicken with his head cut off, we often miss the result.
I guess I was expecting Jordan to call a family meeting and give some awesome testimony about how the power of God zapped him from the top of his head to the soles of his feet and eradicated whatever it was that was making him feel bad.
A Quiet Acceptance of Answered Prayer
Childlike faith simply accepts what God has said and goes on with life without a grand showing of what the power of God has done in one’s life. On our walk this morning Jordan shared with me many instances when we prayed and soon after, the pain he felt simply went away.
He expects to feel better after we pray and most of the time he does. After receiving the answer to his prayer, he usually gets up and goes about his business without mentioning it to me or his mother.
There are many things we as adults can learn from our children. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to be schooled by our little one where prayer is concerned this week.