When my children were little I was very intentional to teach them how to pray. I wanted them to be grateful people. I wanted them to know who to thank. I wanted them to know that God hears each and every prayer that is prayed from an open heart. I wanted them to understand that they are never alone. God is always a prayer away. When they are scared or sad God is with them and wants them to pray to Him. We would pray before each meal and before bed and any other time that we needed to call on God to ask for help or thank Him for loving us. As the teen years came we would still ask one of the kids to pray for our meals and they would take turns. Sometimes the prayer seemed half hearted or hurried…or they would try to be funny instead of sincerely praying.
When this happened I would say something like, “Try praying again and maybe this time it will make it past the ceiling.”
I know God listens to our hearts more than our words when we pray, but our words are a reflection of our hearts. Before we pray we need to quiet our hearts. We need to focus and block out the “noise” of our surroundings for a moment before we approach God in prayer.
Focus. Take it seriously.. we are going before the God of the universe…and THAT prayer will make it past the ceiling.
Jeremiah 29:12, “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
I Chronicles 16:11, “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.”