Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Dinner Time Prayers

My husband and I don't have a lot of practice praying out loud.  Most of our prayers are in our mind and in our hearts.  But as we get more involved in our church, we are becoming more open and receptive to praying aloud. There's something powerful about hearing what is on someone else's heart and asking for the help and guidance that only God can give.  We decided that we don't want our sons to be as uncomfortable as we are about praying out loud.  We want them to grow up feeling as if prayer is as natural as breathing.  So we have started praying before dinner.

My husband said a beautiful prayer the first night thanking God for all the things that haven't happened in our lives.  He said thank you for the accident that never happened.  The sickness that never came.  The loss He saved us from feeling.  Then, unexpectedly, my oldest son added a little something.  "And thank you God SOOOO much for these mashed potatoes.  In Jesus' name, Amen," he added with flourish.

Of course, how could we forget the mashed potatoes?  So, from now on, Luke is the official prayer leader before dinner.  I recorded one the other night so that I could share it with you.  Here's how it went.

"Dear God, thank you for all the food that we are about to enjoy and that Drew (his brother) is already enjoying.  And God, Drew looks so surprised that I said his name!  Thank you for the noodles and the plates and the salt.  Thank you for Mommy and Daddy that we are all together and Daddy isn't on a trip.  And we really love noodles, God, so thank you for those.  In Jesus' name, AMEN!"

Every night, it's something different.  Every night, it either makes us laugh or warms our hearts.  Most of the time, it does both.  So thank you, God, for this incredible son that you gave to us.  May we always show gratitude to you in every way.

How do you involve your children in prayer?  Do their prayers ever surprise you?

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