“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Just recently our daughter turned 2 years old.
Leading up to the time of her second birthday, on many occasions, when we would make mention of her turning 2, people would make the statement “Oh no, the terrible twos”. I really didn’t know what that specifically meant. But someone explained to me that children become more challenging and difficult at that age (I believe that’s the case for ANY age child… Ha ha).
My wife and I chose not to make that declaration about our daughter.
Yet, even though we agreed not to make such a declaration concerning her, one of her teachers mentioned to my wife that she had in fact been a little more defiant and rebellious in her attitude at school; and she said that it had been 2 weeks since she noticed the shift. When I did the math, that was right around the time of her 2nd birthday.
More than coincidence, I believe that her actions were merely the fruits of “Human Nature”.
Every night before putting her to sleep, we pray with her (either my wife or myself, or both).Most of the time the prayers are general. Nothing specific.
Last night, they were different.
Considering the reports of the teacher, and our daughter’s actions at school and at home, we made a request of God for just what we needed and desired to see in her actions and attitude; and we requested of God’s help, and thanked Him in the process, basing our hope and expectation in Him and Him alone.
This is the report that my wife sent to me the morning following, verbatim…. “Baby was pleasantly good this morning. She let me change her, didn’t run from me, asked for her book and didn’t cry; ate her breakfast. It was a nice change.”
My heart leaped within me when I read the report!!, and I was encouraged to learn, once more, that prayer Truly Does Work!And, being specific in what we ask doesn’t hurt either.
God is just as concerned about the things that effect our lives as we are, and even more so (see Psalms 138:8).
But so often we go about our daily lives and do the best we can, in our own wisdom and strength, and only include God in the so-called “big stuff” or things that seem to get beyond our ability to handle.
In reality, dependency and trust should be components of the fiber of our hearts on a daily basis, no matter how big or small.
If it’s significant enough for me to “worry” about, then it’s certainly significant enough for me to “pray” about. In fact, Prayer is the alternative that we’ve been given; and prayer is the only alternative that Truly Works.
Father, we are so grateful to have the assurance of your word and promises to us. Help us to believe you and apply your truths to every facet of our lives.
In Christ’s Love,