My Son Taught Me About Prayer

My toddler taught me a lesson in prayer. 

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 7:7-12

This passage hits differently when you have a toddler—especially one asking for food like this one. 

There are two words and signs that my son knows well. “Eat” and “more.” 

They’re his favorite. He follows me around saying, “Eat?” I’ll grab one thing, and he’ll point at something different. Right now, it’s cereal bars. 

Then he’ll finish and want “more.” 

And like the persistent widow, a little two-year-old bringing both hands together in the MORE sign is hard to resist. Even if you’re cooking his lunch at that moment. 

As a human father, if I want to provide for my son; imagine how God the Father wants to. 

Parents, think of the above passage in light of your kids.

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