I”ll never forget hearing my then four year old son asking God for a Disney World vacation. As a single mom, I cringed because I knew it would have to be a miracle as I was barely paying my bills. My “mature” Christian side, wanted to explain how it was always best to ask God for things and say “if it be Thy will.”
I am so thankful that the Lord put a watch at the door of my lips and that I refrained from saying anything. If you want to read the whole story and how God worked everything out, you can visit my other blog here, but the purpose of this post is to remind myself and perhaps any of you who might be along for the journey, that we are to come to God as children.
My son didn’t know that in some Christian circles this type of prayer could be considered “taboo”. He didn’t understand how big of a request it was. In his mind, it could be as simple as going to the grocery store, (which incidentally wasn’t very easy at the time because of a lack of funds.)
How do little children approach things?
They don’t care about what others are thinking about them.
They don’t understand the difference between $100 and $1,000,000.
They have no concept of time, space, or other factors that might come into play in making a request.
They just ask.
They ask believing that the person they are entreating can do what they are asking.
I guess an easier way to put it is that they don’t know any better.
How do we get to the point where even though we do have experiences and disappointments that we don’t allow them to color our faith walk?
I’m not sure, but I know that it can be done because Jesus wouldn’t have told us to do it, if it couldn’t be done.
Ask yourself today, how can I be more childlike in my faith? How can I return to innocence?