I remember, when Pastor Bob Smith was our interim minister, that one day while discussing the subject of prayer, he recounted this tale to illustrate the clarity of children’s thinking. He recalled that a pastor asked a little boy if he said his prayers every night. “Yes sir,” the boy replied. “And, do you always say them in the morning, too?” the pastor asked. “No sir,” the boy replied. “I ain’t scared in the daytime.”
Pastor Bob went on to suggest that the old saying about kids saying the darndest things was quite true. He then went on to note that very often children have a clarity about their thoughts and actions that are true expressions of their top of mind awareness, and thus their utterances are very often unconstrained by the social conventions they learn as they grow older.
The underlying thought that prayer is needed only when we are fearful, and or we want something, may be more prevalent among adults than we are willing to admit. Indeed, it seems that we are quick to call upon Him in times of trouble, but often reluctant to just spend some regular time each day in sharing our thoughts and concerns with Him.
We should not, through prayers, attempt to dictate to God how the evils in the world are to be corrected. We should not, through prayers, pass judgment or condemn others. We should also not use prayers as a weapon to fight our supposed enemies. We should, in prayer each day, simply ask God for guidance, illumination and assistance.
***This article was written by one of our contributing writers: Malcolm Noden