When my son was only a few months old, I realized that I needed to model prayer for him; my silent prayers throughout the day weren’t going to be enough.
So I began praying aloud. Even when my son was too young to understand, I took his little hand and prayed over our meals, thanking God for His provision and blessings. I enjoyed these sweet times but couldn’t help wondering, Is he really learning anything?
When my son was about a year old, I got my answer. We sat down for lunch, and he held his hand out to me with a single word — "Pray." My heart soared as I realized that, even at a young age, he was learning to talk with God as part of his daily routine.
Our family has grown, but prayer is still a vital part of each day. We thank God for blessings, pray for strangers when we see ambulances, ask for help when problems arise and pray for Daddy’s safety at work.
This article appeared in the October/November 2012 issue of
Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2012 by Crystal Brothers.
Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.