The Heart of a Child: Learn to Pray

Praying for children has been heavy on my heart during this current season of school and church buildings being closed with the need for social distancing, self isolation, and stay at home orders.  I pray often that families will be able to shield children to some extent from the negative emotions that cling to this COVID-19 pandemic.  This is the final day of the devotions from my “The Heart of a Child” book to help each of us pray for a child of any age, including our age.  Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you understand, and live, some important traits of living and praying with the heart of a child.

Here is day thirty-two with an important reminder to let God’s Word teach you to pray as a way of life.

Learn to Pray

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’
Luke 11:1 (NIV)

How do you view prayer?  How much is prayer a part of your life?  Are there things that you don’t pray about?  Why?  Does prayer feel as natural to you as breathing?  If not, why not?  Do you ever feel that the prayers of someone else are more effective than yours?  Why?  In a healthy relationship, what do little children tend to talk about?  Would becoming “like a little child” before God change the way you pray?  In what ways?  Who could you learn from about prayer?  Who could you teach about a lifestyle of prayer?

If children trust you, they will often volunteer information that you may not even want to know.  Their honesty and transparency comes from a pure heart that hasn’t been taught there are some things you just don’t talk about.  It is that heart that I go to when I want to learn, and teach, about prayer.  Somewhere along the line, many of us have been taught proper discretion in our conversations with others and somehow we have applied that to the things we will talk to God about.  A lifestyle of prayer recognizes that nothing is hidden from God and frees us to be in communication with Him about everything.

As you pray for a child of any age, ask God to help them know His understanding of whatever is on their mind.  Pray that He would help you to examine yourself for anything you’ve been afraid to talk with Him about.  Pray that He would increase your desire to build your relationship with Him through the conversation we call prayer.  Pray that God would surround you with people that you can learn from, and that you can instruct, in a lifestyle of prayer.

In prayer,