WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS. No. 199
Some kids don’t understand what praying
They might think it is a sort of boring mumbling that goes on in dull old churches. Or they might have heard ministers or pastors or priests read prayers out of books, or off sheets of paper. These kinds of prayers can be good, but they can also be sort of dead - no life in them! When we pray truly, however, it is an exciting thing - for we are talking to God in Heaven. What can be more thrilling than to realise that our Father in Heaven hears us, and answers us too when we pray. Does He hear YOU and will He answer you as well? He certainly will. Maybe there are special problems you have right now. Have you told the Lord about them, and asked Him to help you?
How about looking at some of the things God tells us about praying?
When we belong to God because Jesus
is our Saviour,
God is always ready to listen and help:
“I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice [and] my supplications [ the things I have talked humbly about to God ]. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon [him] as long as I live.” (Psalm 116:1,2).
You can ask for anything in Jesus’ Name.
He is God’s own Son, and HE has given us the right to do this because we
are saved people. BUT, don’t ask God to give you silly things, or let you
do wrong things - He will answer all right, He will say NO! in your spirit.
God will never do anything that will cause you to sin or come to harm.
He loves you.
Christians often pray, “in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen”
at the very end of their prayers:
“ And what-so-ever [ what ever] ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glori-fied in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it]. “ (John 14:13,14).
Every prayer should come with thanks
to God. He has given us life, and Jesus to save us, and He looks after
us even when it is dark or stormy outside. God made us for Himself for
Him to love and enjoy, so thank the Lord when you pray:
“ Be careful [ worried ] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and suppli-cation
[ humbly asking] with thanks-giving let your requests [ ask for things ] be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6).
YOU can come “boldly” - that means
without feeling you are not welcome, to the very throne of God in Heaven!
That is good news, and so wonderful! You can come right to the Lord
Who created the heavens and the earth, right to His throne, and ask Him
to help you and comfort you.
This is all because of Jesus being your Saviour:
“ Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace [ God’s own solutions which are free to us, His power and might to bring answers] to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16).
Start the day with prayer, and remember the Lord through-out the day as well, and ask Him to help you. Pray about all things in your life, not just troubles and problems. Tell God about the REAL things you need help with, your own special stuff that worries you.Tell God about how glad you are when you are having happy times as well. Here is the kind of prayer you might pray. Mention people’s names, pray for the kids you know, tell Him about any problems of the day you already know about:
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me so much. Today I have lots of things I have to do. I want You to make me strong and good in Jesus. Show me what You want me to do all the time in the day. I need especially to do my best in the exam we are having at school. Make me calm when I answer the papers. Look after Mum when she goes to the doctor’s this afternoon. Bless our family today, and the neighbours and friends You have given to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”