“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6 HCSB)
My three-year-old son’s bedtime routine is the same every night–take a bath, brush teeth, read a book and a Bible story, and pray. I usually say the prayer and let him add prayer requests and his own list of things he is thankful for. One night, at the end of our routine, Barrett surprised me when he said, “I want to pray!” What followed changed my perspective on a phrase in our key verse, “prayer and petition with thanksgiving.”
Thank you, God, for making Grandma better from being sick.
Thank you, God, for helping my cough get better.
Thank you, God, for a good day tomorrow.
Thank you, God, for Transformers for my birthday.
Thank you, God, for good dreams tonight.
Here’s the thing: most of the things he was thanking God for that night hadn’t happened yet. They were the things that worried him, the things that filled him with hope, and even the things he wanted in his life. He thanked God for what would be–the answers to his prayers.
I know he’s only three. I realize he doesn’t understand the proper way to pray, but I learned more about praying with thanksgiving from my son than I could glean from any book on the subject.
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