Much like other parents, my wife and I try to be intentional about praying with our son, Jude.
“Dear God, thank you for my Mom. Thank you for Dad. Thank you for Baby Luke. Thank you for __________ (add in Nana, Grandpa, Grandma or Grandad). In Jesus Name, Amen.“
Though I’m sure it’s already making the mother’s hearts melt, it’s pretty typical. Honestly, I’m not sure he’s thinking much about it.
Lately however, he’s been putting a bit more thought into his prayer and pulling out some funny stuff. It’s caught me off guard a couple of times and made me think a little deeper about how our Heavenly Father must be receiving the honesty of this little boy’s prayer. For example, last night he stated the following during his bed-time prayer.
“Dear God, thank you for a wonderful day. Thank you for the bees and the birds. Thank you for the eagles. Thank you for the dolphins and thank you for the small sharks. In Jesus Name, Amen.“
Now, for a 3-year old, that’s some substantial prayer time! But a few questions come to mind that I need to check back in with him today about.
- Where did our family go? Obviously, the animal world has passed over our household in prayer importance.
- What was so wonderful about yesterday? What happened that I missed?
- Why do the bees come before the birds? But more importantly, why is a 3-year old concerned about ‘the birds and the bees‘?
- What’s the deal with ‘small‘ sharks? I agree that eagles and dolphins are pretty awesome, but why only ‘small‘ sharks? What’s wrong with medium and large sharks?
What’s in your kids’ prayer these days?