The Simple Prayer of a Child

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This post is from the Childlike series.

Have you ever thought about the theological truth in a child’s prayer? For instance, most of the time when my wife and I pray with our son over a meal, we say this prayer:

God is great.
God is good.
Let us thank Him for our food.
By His hands, we all are fed.
Give us Lord, our daily bread.
Amen.
Many parents will pray this prayer with their children and not really realize the truth that they are speaking. In fact, there is deep truth in this child’s prayer.
God is great.
God is great. God is awesome. God is all sovereign, majestic, holy, just, righteous. There are many Scriptures in the Bible that attribute worth and value to God. All praise and glory belong to God.
God is good.
Jesus says in Matthew 19:17 that there is only One who is good. We must understand that God is all good. God is infinitely good. Everything that God does is good. There is no wrong motives in God. God never has impure thoughts. God made all that is good. God defines good. God is good. We are not.
Let us thank Him for our food.
Why do you say the blessing over your food before you eat? Paul writes to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:4-5 and says this, “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.”
You say the blessing over your food because you are thankful and it is received with thanksgiving and gladness. You recognize it is God that has given you the meal that you are about to eat and it has nothing to do with you. It is made holy because when God made the world, God said that all He had made was good.
By His hands, we all are fed.
God is our provider. It is not our paycheck that feeds us. It is not our fishing or hunting skills that feed us. It is not our ability to go to the grocery store that feeds us. It is only God that feeds us. God gave you the paycheck you used to buy food. God gave you the skills to fish or hunt. God gave you the ability to go to the grocery store. God did it all. God is the Father who cares for His children. God provides.
Give us Lord, our daily bread.
God provides for what we need daily. This is a reference back to the Israelites when they were in the desert. God provided for them manna to eat. God required that they gather only what they needed for the day. So it is with us. God is our provider and our sustainer. To little food and you starve. To much food and it goes to waste. God knows exactly what you need. God is your sustainer. He is the giver of all good gifts and blessings. He sustains you not food, not people, not a job, not family, just God.
Amen.
The prayer closes with an acknowledgment that you understand God is who He says He is, that it is God who has given you the food you are eating (whether it is organic or McDonald’s), it is God that you thank, He is your provider and sustainer.
There is much truth in just a simple child’s prayer.
What can you learn from this?
Don’t over-complicate prayer. You don’t have to use big theological words. You don’t have to pray in a deep voice and sound like you are quoting Shakespeare. Just go to your Heavenly Father like a little child goes to their daddy. Talk to God in all honesty and communicate to Him from your heart. God understands you even when you use plain everyday language.
1 comments
David
David

Wow how are like reading this post. There is a number of ways it could take this post and teach only children of adult. The meaning and understanding of not only prayer, but also what heaven looks like. This simple child's prayer if you truly read between the lines, will help you to understand the true meaning of prayer and how much the heavenly father loves us. If we would only take the time to truly look at this post and ponder it as we are told almost every Sunday in our churches synagogues, and other houses of worship. Not excluding this pastor and his ability to preach but I have been doing other house of worship hold international House of prayer [ Ihop] (note to the reader: for more information on the house of prayer visit their website at HTTP://www.IHOPAtlanta.com.) the other line in this post that sticks out to me that we as the church do not understand is " you don't have to use "BIG" theological words." seeing this very line in this post needs to speak to pastors who feel that they need to use large words to get this next generation to understand the power of prayer this is a non true and or false reality and or motion that was set into movement in their pre-generation. The bottom line to all this is we have forgotten how to keep it "SIMPLE" when it comes to prayer as well as teaching on prayer. Is why I said in this reply to this pastor post that I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the following( which I put in quotes above) "You don't have to use "BIG" theological word." the final question is to not only the congregation( the body of Christ.) But to also the pastors ( the leaders of the flock) why are some of you who are called to be the leaders of the flock trying to use words with babies that don't understand?