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September 4, 2008

Let Me Pray, Let Me Pray!

That’s what my 3-year-old says everytime someone says it’s time to pray. It doesn’t matter where we are, home or church or how many people are around.

And it’s always the same prayer.

“Lord thank you for this day. Thank you for this food. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Whether we are blessing our food or closing our Bible study. It’s the same thing.

Sometime he’ll add “Thank you for my brotters.”

But that’s only when they are letting him have his way.

I think it’s awesome that he’s not afraid to pray in any situation. How long do you think this enthusiasm will last?

Sometimes it’s like pulling teeth to get my oldest to pray. We all wait with our eyes closed for him to begin. Inevitably, I open one eye and give him the “get started boy” look then he’ll say the quickest and fastest prayer I’m sure God has ever heard.

Now that he’s older, 8, I want to spend more time with him individually studying the Bible. I want to spend more time on Christian character with him and less on Bible stories. We’ve been modeling Christian character and he’s been reciprocating – but now I want to make sure he understands the why behind everything – do that it will be in his heart and not just a role that he plays. Does that make any sense?

I think 8 is such a transition year. He’s taller. He’s wiser. He’s able to understand so much more than I ever give him credit for. I don’t want to keep giving him toddler food when he’s ready for a small portion of meat and potatoes.

Anyone else dealing with making this transition? Are we late? Should we have started earlier?

Increasing in Him,

Topics: My Life & Kids | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Let Me Pray, Let Me Pray!”

  1. Shannon Smith Says:
    September 4th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    That is so awesome! Andrew has always been like that too. He’s seven now and is still quick to offer prayer for those in need. I can totally relate to your concern with the 8 year old though. I often find myself questioning if I’m doing enough. And wondering what I should be doing to help him grow in his Christian journey.

    I love your posts and will continue watching your blog for tips and encouragement.

  2. Patti Says:
    December 8th, 2009 at 1:50 am

    I have an 8 year old son that I am trying to teach bible verses to. I keep having him repeat them and write them but it is such a chore! How can I make this fun and help him to have a good understanding of the bible? I want him to live a Godly life but it is so hard in todays world!