Published April 26, 2011

Shelia Shares....
"Just Pray"

Recently gifted Christian story teller Ken Davis was in our area for an evening concert. He has a way of telling a story and making you laugh until you about fall out of your seat. Then a minute later, your eyes are damp as your heart is touched.

He shared a story that touched my spirit. Ken had a period where he was going through severe depression. During this time, his three year old granddaughter prayed for him. Her prayer was simple and went something like this:

"Help my grandpa to not be afraid. Make him think of bunnies – and rainbows – and happy faces. And help him to remember Jesus. Amen."

We smile, but Ken says that was the start to his healing.

I've heard people say, "I just don't know how to pray." Do I stand up or sit down or kneel? Do I use King James English to make God seem holy and do I lessen God when I speak to Him as to a friend? Can I pray about anything or do I need to only pray about "spiritual" things? I've even heard people say they can't pray, because their prayer doesn't sound as composed or touching as someone else's prayer.

If God can hear a three year old pray from a sincere heart, do you think He will hear you? Do you think He cares about your posture? Do you think He cares about your grammar? If you are concerned about a circumstance, don't you think He cares about it, too?

We don't need to copy how someone else would pray to be acceptable to God. We just need to pray. Whatever your age, whatever your language, wherever you are, talk to God. If a three year old can do it, so can you.

- Shelia

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