Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein. - Luke 18:17
Parents know what I mean when I say that they hear the faintest cry from their young child.
Even a soft whimper can have parent out of bed in a second and right by their baby's crib to check on them.
How much more does God hear the cries of His children?
One thing many of us can agree on is that children are simple.
All things being equal, they are not complicated.
They are masters at letting you know what they want and when they want it.
During bedtime stories, you can watch their eyes open wide when you exaggerate on a storyline because they totally believe what a parent says.
If they are afraid, a child will run from the other side of the house and jump into your arms.
When they tell you that they love you out of the blue, your heart nearly bursts.
And when they ask a question, everything in them expects an answer.
This is exactly the way we should be when we pray to God.
We should have the same expectation.
I'll say it again: children are simple.
When they talk with you more often than not, they cannot hide what is truly on their heart.
When their feelings come pouring out it touches a parent's heart to experience such innocence and purity.
This is the simplicity God wants us to have when we talk to Him.
We don't need to wear a mask.
We don't need to try and hide how we really feel.
We need to talk to God with childlike faith, believing that He hears us, and that He's got an answer.
His ears are open to our prayers, and He has something to say to us if we take the time to listen.
Young children trust their parents entirely.
It's essentially automatic and straightforward.
We too need to keep our relationship with God like this.
We need to approach Him in purity, openness, and absolute trust.
When we keep prayer simple and have childlike faith, our relationship with God will never be the same.
We will see answers to our prayers as His miracle-working power goes to work on the situations we've talked to Him about.
We will really see things change in our lives because we believe that we will.
God is Your Heavenly Father, and You are His child.
Decide today that you will confide in Him completely, that you trust that He loves you far more than any earthly parent ever could.
Keep prayer simple because God said so.
If this resonates with you, here's a short prayer you can say today:
"Dear God, I am asking to have the faith of a child. May my prayers be filled with innocence, trust, and unwavering belief in Your power. Help me to let go of doubt and approach You with childlike simplicity, knowing that You are a loving Father who eagerly listens to every word I utter. In Jesus Name, amen."
God bless you!
Your brother in Christ,
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TODAY'S DAILY PRAYERS
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Are my prayers sincere, coming from a place of childlike trust and dependence on God?
A child approaches prayer with a pure and innocent heart, fully trusting in God's love and care. Reflect on your own prayers and consider if they still have this childlike sincerity.
Am I embracing a spirit of humility and surrender in my prayers?
Children are not afraid to admit their weaknesses and limitations. They approach prayer with a humble heart, recognizing their need for God's guidance and provision. Ask yourself if you are truly surrendering your desires and seeking God's will in your prayers.
Do I have a sense of wonder and awe like a child in my prayer life?
A child is naturally curious and filled with awe at the wonders of the world around them. Take a moment to reflect on whether you are approaching prayer with this sense of wonder, marveling at God's goodness and power.
Am I keeping my prayers simple, avoiding unnecessary complexity?
Children have a remarkable ability to distill their needs and desires into simple, heartfelt prayers. Take a step back and assess whether your prayers have become overly complicated or distracted. Simplify your prayers and focus on expressing your true needs and longings to God. Keep prayer to God simple.
Do I approach prayer with simple faith, fully trusting in God's goodness and provision?
Children have an unwavering belief that God will hear and answer their prayers. Examine your own faith and ask yourself if you are truly approaching prayer with this childlike trust in God's faithfulness.
By asking these five questions and intentionally cultivating a childlike and simple approach to prayer, you can deepen your connection with God and experience the transformative power of a genuine relationship with Him. Remember, Jesus Himself said, "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3).
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Scripture Of The Week
See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.