As I tucked Brynlee into bed, I asked, “Do you want Mimi to pray with you?”
My granddaughter hesitated at first, and then she said, “Mimi, you can pray.” As soon as I finished my simple prayer, Brynlee said, “I can pray, too.”
“Okay,” I said as I closed my eyes waiting for her to pray.
Then I heard her little voice say, “No, Mimi. You say it and then I will say it.”
On a particular day after watching Jesus pray, one of the disciples asked, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1-13
Moms & dads, are you teaching your kids how to pray? Your kids are watching you just like the disciples were watching Jesus. And you know they don’t miss a trick! So teach them how to do life with Jesus by talking to Him throughout the day. Let them see you pray.
Maybe you don’t know how to pray. Start where you are. Like the disciple, ask Jesus to teach you how to pray.
As moms and dads, we delight in giving good gifts to our children. Our Heavenly Father delights even more in giving good gifts to us. So today, boldly ask your Heavenly Father to teach you how to pray. And as you learn, teach the same things to the little ones that He has entrusted into your care.
On a side note, be ready to learn from your kids. As I was praying and Brynlee was repeating after me, I evidently said something I had already said. Brynlee stopped me and said, “Uh, Mimi, you already said that.” Oh my! I had to stop and ask myself, if I was praying thoughtfully or out of habit.
“Lord, teach us to pray.”