Our routine lately has been my hubby reads to and puts the boys to bed and our girl and I read and I tuck her in. Occasionally we switch things up though and I get the boys and Dad gets quality time with the girl , we are wild and crazy like that….hahaahaha!
There are times when the boys each want to say their own prayers or times they want me to pray with or for them. It is a pretty sweet time. It’s heartwarming to hear their prayers for our family, their friends, petitions of thanksgiving for things that I hadn’t even noticed about our day. If pizza has been consumed the past week there is generally a prayer of thanksgiving for that. Each night they ask Jesus to take all the bad dreams away.
Once in a blue moon our baby (he is two) will ask to say his own prayer. Most of the time he will ask to pray and then succumb to giggles and not be able to use any words.
The prayer of giggles is one that Jesus understands and so is his simple prayer of:
The capitalization and bold type was intentional. He said it boldly and those two words were all he said.
I can take some notes from my two year old. Prayer is much simpler than I make it out to be. I don’t understand how it works. I can’t explain to you how God hears our prayers. I can tell you that he does. The times I try to complicate prayer I can remember the prayer of my two year old Jesus–>Amen. He heard that prayer and everything that it held. Nothing was specifically communicated with words.
He just reached out to Jesus.
He called on His name.
It is as simple as that.
When we have no idea what to pray for. When we have too many things to pray for and we can’t form the words.
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27