God Knows About Your Stress
RAMBLINGS from Evan’s dad – Our youngest, our baby, Evan, is now taller then me and has sideburns! It seems like only a few months ago I was changing his diapers. Time flies!!
When the kids were young, we started praying together at night in what we called “the prayer circle”. Typically is was in the living room, but it literally was wherever the 5 of us got together. We sometimes had each one pray for the one to our right, we sometimes just had one person pray, and others we went around and prayed sentence prayers. We were simply trying to get the kids in a habit of praying and showing them that God would listen to us regardless of the delivery, looking instead at the content and intent.
When they were little and saw a pretty flower, Kris would ask them “who made the flowers?” “God.” “That’s right. Why don’t you tell God that you love His pretty flowers?” And that child would turn their little face toward Heaven, and with the sweetest voice, thank God. Early on Evan became a little prayer warrior. He was always looking at flowers and rocks, and it was not unusual to catch him talking to God, or literally giving Him a thumbs up.
Evan quickly became one who when praying, would have a conversation with God. What I mean is he would not simply give God a shopping list of requests and wants. Instead, he had a conversation with God about someone’s aches and pains, about kids who had no food, about our soldiers who were away from their families keeping our country safe, and about people who did not know Jesus. And he did it with a earnest voice, yet one that was confident, to me symbolizing he knew God had things under control.
When I think about Jesus, and Him telling us that we need to have child-like faith, that is what I picture. No stress about work or finances. No stress about today or tomorrow. Just an innocent conversation between a kid and his “Daddy”, who he knows can fix ANYTHING!….
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Pray then like this: “Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6:8-13)