“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.” ~I John 5:14&15~
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How often do you pray? When Jesus was on earth, He taught His disciples to pray for everything from forgiveness to their daily bread. But if God knows what we need already, why pray? Today’s under-a-minute vlog answers the question, “Does prayer influence God?” (Under-a-minute because your time is valuable!) This is #4 in my series Top 5 Reasons to Pray. Check it out here . . .
~Jesus’ words from Matthew 6~“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray . .
“‘Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from the evil one.”
Do you have a favorite verse on prayer? I’d love for you to share!
This week I’m linking with Soli Deo Gloria, The Better Mom, God Bumps, Teach Me Tuesdays, Gratituesday, Living Well Wednesday, Hearts 4 Home, Thought-provoking Thursday, Beholding Glory, Your Thriving Family.
That’s When I Talk to God by Dan and Ali Morrow is a sweet story of one little girl’s discoveries concerning prayer. The story begins with a bedtime conversation between the girl and her mom . . .
“Praying is just talking to God,” Mom explained. “Do you only talk to me once or twice a day?”
“No,” I giggled. “That’s silly—I talk to you all day long!”
“Exactly!” she said. “And you can talk to God all day long too.”
I thought about that for a minute. “But what would I talk to God about?”
“Anything you want to,” Mom said. “Try it tomorrow. I bet you’ll find all sorts of things to talk to Him about.”
Thus begins the child’s eye-opening journey as she finds more and more things to share with her Heavenly Father. We see her turn her failures, successes, concerns, questions, and feelings into conversations with God. By the end of the book, she’s eager to hear what God has to say to her—through His Word.
This book brought to mind my first conversations with God. I remember struggling to find the right words in spite of that niggling suspicion that the things in my life weren’t worthy to put before Him. Then I learned that I could simply pour out my heart and trust my Heavenly Father to sort through it all. I was older than the girl in the story when I learned this lesson, but aren’t we all encouraged to become like little children in our faith? (Matthew 18)
This is a great story to give to any child. I think it would provoke interesting questions and conversations about how little ones can know God and be close to Him. I love the idea of children making God a central part of their lives early on. Dan and Ali have given us a wonderful tool for helping to make that happen.
***Thanks to B&B Media Group for providing my review copy. Follow this link to purchase the book for a precious little one in your life.
Dan and Ali Morrow have a very fun website! Follow this link to check it out. Here are a few things I learned there . . .
Dan tells the story of how they met: Continue Reading…