If prayer is a priority, your priorities will be in your prayers.
I had to work late tonight (yay, Friday), but made it home to put our son to bed. The routine includes reading 2-3 books, daddy saying prayers, Rylan saying prayers, tucking in and then coercing Rylan to stay in bed.
A few years ago on one of my East Asia trips, my roommate was praying with his family on Skype and I overheard his child thanking God for dirt and soccer. There is nothing cuter than listening to the prayers of a little kid.
Tonight, Rylan thanked God for the following things:
- Jesus (good start, little buddy)
- Bailey (little sister)
- Rylan (himself)
- Daddy (twice!)
- Pop-Tarts (uh, I suppose I’m grateful for them?)
- Church (OK, back on track)
- Safe travels (family is coming to town next week)
- Jennifer (his aunt)
- The playground
For Rylan, these are the things he loves. Sometimes his prayers include gratitude for the events of the day. Sometimes they include his toys or Disney World. They almost always include his family and his love for going to church. These are the priorities of a three-year-old.
What do your prayers consist of? Are you always asking, asking, asking? Constantly sending God your dirty laundry, but withholding his much-deserved thanksgiving? I know fall in to that routine regularly and need little reminders from an innocent kid prayer to break the cycle.
What can I pray about for you today?