Teach us to Pray

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There are many things we teach our children. From the first time we hold our newborn, we begin our important role as “teacher”. We teach them to trust the sound of our voice. We hope that hearing our voice will enable them to feel calm. We teach them to make eye contact. We teach them to listen, laugh, and love. As they grow we begin to teach them to walk, talk, have good manners, be obedient…but one of the most important things you can teach your child….is to pray.

When our little grandsons come for a spend the night visit it is an honor and privilege to listen to them and to help them begin having conversations with the Father. Sometimes they pray long…sometimes very short. The length is not important…the conversation is. Prayer is key to faith. We want them to have faith and believe in God. We want them to know that nothing in this life will ever be too great or too small to take to the Lord in prayer.

I remember last year taking Zackary home to catch the bus after a sleep over and visit with us. I was in a hurry and didn’t get a chance for prayer before we left. So, as I drove through town I asked him if I could pray for him. He said I could, and I laid my hand on his head as I drove. I asked the Lord to protect him, give him wisdom, help him to be obedient and kind and for a healing touch in his body (he was sick with a cold). I could feel Zackary watching me as I prayed and drove. I don’t think he had experienced the “praying driver” before. When I finished my prayer I squeezed his hand and said “Amen!” He looked me in the eye and with all seriousness said, “What did Jesus say?”

This caught me off guard for a brief second, but I quickly replied, “He said, Okay.” This satisified him completely. He needed to know that somehow I felt God speak to my heart. And I do.

I won’t say that I feel something from heaven everytime I pray. There have been times, especially recently that my prayers have seemed to hit the ceiling and bounce back. I have felt such a heavy heart, especially in the most recent days with Wanda beginning to retain fluids again. But I don’t give up. I do not stop praying. That would make the enemy the winner. And that’s not happening.

2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” We may not “see” prayers being answered today or tomorrow, but sister, I do not doubt for one single minute that they are being heard. So, I will not cease to pray. I will persevere. I will carry on for the cause of Christ.

I fix my eyes not on what I see, but rather on what I don’t see. For what I see is only temporary. It won’t last long. As mother quotes rather regularly, “this too shall pass”. So I fix my gaze on what is unseen. For it is eternal. You may think that is an unusual statement, to “gaze on the unseen”. It is not my “physical eyes” that need to see. It is my “spiritual eyes“. As long as my focus is clear spiritually, I can face what my physical eyes must see.

When the outward circumstances of our lives become literally unbearable and our human resources are completely exhausted….God’s resources can come in and expand our faith by whatever means He chooses. God will never forsake His beloved children. “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5(b)

Teach them to pray. Teach them faith. Teach them hope, love, believing in and having full confidence in Christ. Teach them by example. It’s never to late to start.

About Angie Knight

On a journey with purpose, with my best friend and love of my life! View all posts by Angie Knight

6 responses to “Teach us to Pray

  • Chris

    Amen and Amen, Angie!!Keep the faith, prayer-warrior-sister-in-Christ! Yes, we need to teach them to pray. We need to share our prayers with other Christians and our babies and everyone. Bless your message. It has touched me and spoken to my heart. Thank you.

  • Aimee

    Well said again sista! Keep up the good work – you will be rewarded in due season.

  • Kathy S

    Angie, what a great reminder of the sweet joy the Lord has blessed us with to pass on faith to our children and grandchildren! I have been a “praying driver” many times…on the way to school, on trips, etc. Reading your post warmed my heart with memories and the honor we have in going to the throne wherever we are and teaching others to do the same…Making His Presence a reality. You must also be an “on-the-phone-prayer”…Love, Kathy S.

  • Angie

    Thank you Kathy–we must “pray without ceasing”—espcially in these days we are in. It is a privilege and honor to be able to go to the Father anytime! Thank you for your kind comment!

  • Marsha

    I loved that – “What did Jesus say?” What high esteem your grandson hold you in! I’m one of those whom God has called to pray for the long haul on things. I used to think that everyone can pray the long haul, but I’m beginning to doubt that. Could it be part of the gift of intercession – to pray for the long haul? Thanks for sharing your heart.

  • lori

    teachin’ them to pray, pray, pray, pray, pray…..it’s the only thing that will get em’ through this life…..I love now hearing their prayers…they are growing up and the prayers are so ‘real’….I learn so much from listening to the kiddos….hugs,lori

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