Developing our Family Prayer has been a challenge and an adventure. In many ways its enriching my own worship and prayer. Week by week, as we take God at His word and pray it back to Him, I’m challenged not to rest on my own understanding. I love being surprised by the simple but deeply meaningful things that come from the mouths of our children when they pray His word!
At the very foundation of our prayer is God’s revelation of Himself and the plans of His heart. As valuable as our study of God certainly is, it’s our devotion that God looks for. Thomas of Aquinas famously said that all his theology was as straw compared to what God had shown him. His heart was gripped by revelation, far beyond his academic passion for God.
It’s our good Father’s gracious will to reveal Himself to our children. Who really knows the Father except the Son? Who really loves Him and asks of Him - freely and boldly - but His Son? Which child does not understand the lesson: if your father on earth knows how to give you good things when you ask, how much more will your Father in heaven!
When it comes to prayer, there is a hidden treasure in our children that we could easily overlook. It is more natural for them to know a Father than to know theology, so we should give them at least as many opportunities to encounter Him as to learn about Him. Nothing draws our hearts to prayer more than the revelation of God.
As we pray His word back to Him, using apostolic prayers, we keep ourselves rooted in who He says He is and what He says He’ll do. At our Family Prayerwatch, our children use apostolic prayers in their own words because it’s not about understanding God better, it’s about trusting Him more.
As you spend time in His word today, why not ask Him to reveal Himself to you in a new way, as though through the eyes of a child?
Pieter is on staff as an intercessory missionary at Manchester House of Prayer. With a heart to see families grow in prayer together, he is developing our Family Prayerwatch. He also serves in the prayer room as a worship leader, singer and prayer leader.