It was time to climb into bed after reading a story from the Bible. “Now Edie,” said her Mom, “be sure to kneel down and say your prayers before climbing into bed.” Kissing her gently, she added, “I’ll be downstairs if you need me. So, don’t be afraid.”
The next morning at breakfast her mom said, “Well, Edie, did you say your prayers before you fell asleep?”
“Well, sort of, Mom,” she replied. “I got down on my knees and started to pray. Then I thought, ‘God, You must get bored with this kind of stuff night after night. Why don’t You listen carefully, and I’ll tell You the story of The Three Bears?’ So I snuggled in bed and told Him the story of The Three Bears. I really think He enjoyed it.”
God gave us no specific formula to follow when we pray. In Jesus’ model prayer we are reminded of all the important things that we are to take to God in prayer. And, again in Gethsemane, He set another marvelous example of prayer. His prayers were always simple, sincere, significant, and straight forward.
David knew that it was not necessary to follow a formula when he prayed. For example, “Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth,” is how he began a prayer on one occasion. Then with openness and honesty he said what he had to say, and God responded and met his immediate needs.
That is the way God is! When we have a need, all we must do is go to Him in faith, believing and claiming His promises, and express our needs and wait for His response. He will not disappoint us!
Prayer: We are so thankful, Lord, that when we pray there are no necessary words or magic phrases. Only a sincere heart and faith in Your goodness and grace, mercy and unending love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth. Psalm 54:2
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