I have been learning a new language lately. My grandson Jack is learning to talk more each time I see him and my husband and I have been learning his language. He has not figured out how to say anything like “Grandma Kitty” yet but he is trying. Here is a list of his words.
Memo or Nemo —-Nemo, our dog
Paw Paw—for Grandpa
Dad—for his daddy
Mom—for his daddy—and sometimes for his mom
Dado—for Daniel the Tiger—he loves that show
Why—for Super Why—-he loves that show too
Pie—for play—I think
Watch—for when he is about to throw the ball
Block—for wooden blocks
It is wonderful to see him grow and learn new ways of communicating. Sometimes he just rattles out a whole sentence that no-one understands. But the fact is that he is learning and growing in his ability to communicate what he wants or needs.
Sometimes I wonder if that is how I sound to God. Don’t get me wrong, I speak full sentences with real words but when I pray for me, it is more for what I want because I really don’t know what I need. If I am sick, I will pray for healing. If I am financially struggling I will pray for relief. If my relationships are struggling I will pray for peace.
Have you ever noticed that those things that cause us to pray more are the exact things that cause us to grow stronger in God’s Spirit? Jesus had the best advice on prayer for us.
Matthew 6:5-15 (NKJV)
5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.