Its wonderful watching children grow and learn especially when they start making sounds and then their first words come along. This is often when well loved phrases they utter pass into the family vernacular and everyone knows what they mean. I’m sure we’ve all got some word or phrase that came out of the mouth of a toddler.
As you get older you start reminiscing and remembering when your child said what. With both my own girls grown I now have three grandchildren to watch learning and growing. The baby, now eighteen months old has been prattling on in her own little language for months. recognisable words are beginning to emerge and its cute to hear her chatter away.
Cutest of all was at the weekend when they came for tea and she picked up two sprouts,one in each hand and began talking to them. She turned them round and tasted them then continued babbling away quietly to them. Utterly enchanting to watch.
So what’s the point of all this. Well I began thinking how when we first start praying it must sound just like a toddler practising their first words. Perhaps we don’t say much, feel strange hearing ourselves talking out loud, just babble away in our own style. But that’s fine, we all start somewhere, those of us who do pray.
God delights in the praises and prayers of His children, our first prayers and thanks are as delightful to Him as those of our children are to us. So whether you’re talking toddler-ish to sprouts or talking timidly to your Heavenly Father, keep going. It gets better and it gets easier. Maybe you’ve never tried prayer. I can’t prove it works, I just know so many have been answered in more marvellous ways than I could ever have imagined. And if you don’t know what to say, try the one Jesus taught us all. What have you got to lose?
9 Pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,
12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.
Matthew Chapter 6