Day 18 of 31!
Growing up in church I have heard a lot of prayers and now being a pastor, I am a professional prayer. (At least that’s who I feel at family functions.) 🙂
I have heard long eloquent and elaborate prayers. I have heard very short and to the point prayers. I have heard prayers from people who loved to pray publicly and prayers from people who were frightened to pray in front of a group.
No matter which group you fall into, often our prayers are modeled after someone else we heard pray in our lifetime. Sometimes listening to a parent, pastor, or friend becomes how we learn how to talk to God.
My kids have learned different prayers over the years from school and church. It is always fun to see their excitement when they learn a new prayer and want to share it.
Sometimes the prayer involves putting the hands together and closing of the eyes, and other times the prayers have had hand motions. (Remember we are dealing with a 3 and 4-year-old.)
Recently they have begun to do what I call real prayers. They are praying for friends, people, cuts and bruises, and other real things they have seen in their day. It is cute to see them thank God for the things and people they have in their life.
Aubrie always ends her prayer “In Jesus name we pray.” Noah, on the other hand, ends his prayer by saying, “the End.” I always have to chuckle when Noah says the end. It is sort of an irreverent way to end a prayer. It’s more like the closing of a book or a good story…that is if you were an adult. For a three-year-old, it is the perfect way to end a prayer.
You see praying isn’t about the words you say but rather it is about the heart behind those words.
You want to know the perfect way to end a prayer…it is with the right heart.