The Art of Prayer (By My 2 Year Old)

Child In Thought I’m still catching up on notifying you all about articles I published over on Ministry-to-Children.com. The article titled What Can a 2-Year Old Teach You About Prayer? was published on June 13, 2010.

Brief Synopsis: In this post I share what my two year old Nathan taught me about prayer. It’s amazing what a toddler can teach you!

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What Do You Want to Be Known For? (Another Jacob Moment)

The other day my eight-year-old son Jacob and I were talking about whether or not he wanted to continue with Karate. Let me give you a little bit of background. Jacob begged to start taking Karate for a couple of years after he turned five. Because of schedules and whatnot, we weren’t able to actually sign him up for it until he was seven.  That was last fall.

He was a natural (at least that is what he will tell you everyone says to him).  He picked it up quick, and what was supposed to be a once-a-week thing turned into and three or four days-a-week thing.  He couldn’t get enough of it, but then something started to happen.  He began to miss his free time.  He still loved karate, but he felt like he didn’t have any free time to play or hang out with his friends.  Then, to top it all off, he had some medical issue that have kept him out of karate for the last couple of months.  That’s what sparked our conversation this past weekend.  It went something like this (I’m paraphrasing):

ME: So, do you want to go back to karate?

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From the mouth of babes…

I was talking to my son Jacob tonight about God.  For those of you who don’t know, Jacob will be eight years old in a couple of weeks.  I was trying to put into practice some of the things I am learning from reading Tedd Tripp’s book “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” a synopsis of which I have started on this blog.  So, we were talking about the heart being the wellspring of life and how in all our decisions, our focus should always be on how we will glorify God in any given situation.  Jacob explained to me, as he is prone to doing, that he was about to change the subject.  What he said next astounded me and caused my heart to well up with emotion.  He said:

“Dad, it’s kind of like this.  It’s like God is standing at the gates of heaven and wants us to come in, but no matter what he does, we keep trying to run the other way, and the only thing in that direction is hell.  But, Jesus keeps running to catch us and get us turned back around towards heaven.”

When I asked him where he had heard that, he told me that he had been reading his Bible and that was just the way it seemed to him that people were.  I was speechless.  in 60 words, he had encapsulated the gospel and the Christian life better than I ever could have.  Which reminds me of another Jacob story from this past fall.  He and I were alone together in the car driving to or from one of our kids’ many activities.  He asked me what I thought he should be when he grew up.  For the last couple of years he has always said that he wanted to be a pastor when he grows up, so I asked him if he still wanted to do that.  He told me probably not.  When I asked why, he explained that he wanted a job where he could “help people and tell them about Jesus.”  My pastor got a kick out of that one. 🙂

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