February 1, 2002 - Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit.(1)—Ephesians 6:18, NLT
by Janel Thompson
Imagine sitting at a table in a nice family restaurant, and your dinner has just been served. Then, as a family, you hold hands, say a prayer and proceed to eat.
That's where I was when my two-year-old taught me a lesson. I had just brought a bite of savory food to my mouth, when he said, "More amen." He was smiling and holding out his hands so that we could pray some more. "I want to eat," I thought, but we all held hands and prayed again.
Then once more he said, "More amen."
"I'm hungry!" I thought. "We just prayed twice—isn't that enough?"
Right then God caught my attention: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."(2)
So once more, I held the hands of my precious two-year-old and closed my eyes and we prayed. This time it didn't matter that we were out to eat and that a great dinner was in front of me. What mattered was that this little boy wanted to talk to God, and I wasn't going to let anything stop him.
As a matter of fact, I needed to ask God for forgiveness, so I needed to talk to Him too: Oh, God, forgive me for thinking that eating a hot dinner was more important than holding the hands of my son and praying with him.(3)