Childlike Prayer (2 of 2) by Jeff Strite

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Childlike Prayer (2 of 2)
Series: How Should I Pray?
Jeff Strite
Philippians 4:4-9

I’d like you to recite the Lord’s Prayer with me:

Our Father which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever. Amen.

OPEN: I’ve always loved that prayer - it’s so elegant and powerful. But it’s a King James kind of passage, and so little children sometimes have a bit of a problem understanding it.

I read about one little girl who said it this way: ‘‘Our Father, who are in heaven, hello! What be Thy name?’’
Another five-year-old girl: ‘‘Give us this day our daily bread, and liberty and justice for all.’’
A kindergartner asked God to ‘‘give us this day our jelly bread.’’
Then there was the little boy who prayed, ‘‘Forgive us our dentists, as we forgive our dentists.’’
And one little boy finished his prayer like this: ‘‘For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever, Amen and F.M.’’

Children have a very simple view of prayer.
They’re not nearly as somber and ‘‘religious’’ as adults are.

ILLUS: I once read about a woman in Michigan who told of watching an elderly woman standing at church with her eyes closed and her hands raised in prayer and praise. Right in front of her, a 3-year-old stood up in her pew, turned around and gave her a high-five!
(Jennifer Smith, Fort Gratiot, Michigan)

Now what we’re going to talk about this morning is a childlike faith in prayer.
If you will, we’re going to be talking about a prayer life where we are not afraid to give ‘‘high fives’’ when we talk to God in prayer.

Paul described it this way: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to ...

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