THE PRAYER OF A CHILD

THE PRAYER OF A CHILD

Psa. 118:1 ¶ Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

“God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for this food, by His hands we are fed, thank the Lord for daily bread.” This was the prayer my mom taught me to pray over my meals when I was a small child. I prayed it for years, not really knowing the significance of the words. While praying this prayer, I was declaring God’s greatness, God’s goodness, and His love and sufficiency for us through His daily provision. It is easy to take the Lord’s daily provision for granted, His provision is consistent, excessive, but somehow quite subtle. Most of us don’t recognize His daily care and provision, but He is faithful even when we are faithless. Since my conversion, I have seen God’s continual love and provision for me. Today, I am more amazed than ever of God’s personal care for my life. Martin Luther spoke powerfully about the goodness of our God. Check out his words.

“God proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is good and loving. His daily and continual goodness shows this in rich and powerful ways. This psalm says, “His love endures forever.” In other words, God continually does what is best for us. He provides for our bodies and souls and protects us day and night. He continues to preserve our lives. He lets the sun and moon shine for us and allows the sky, fire, air, and water to serve us. The Lord causes the earth to give us everything we need—grain, food, cattle feed, wood, and the resources for making wine and clothes. He gives us gold and silver, homes and families, spouses and children, animals, birds, and fish. Who can count all the Lord’s blessings?”

If you look carefully at the Lord’s creation, it somehow seems to be like an orchestrated dance. Every part of it works with and supports all of the other parts of creation. The fields cry out for the rain, the rain waters the earth and brings forth an abundant harvest.
The harvest supplies bread for food and seed for sowing and the dance goes on and on. Each of us cry out to the Lord of the harvest for our daily provision, and He responds directing His world to supply for His sons and daughters. Thinking back over those childhood prayers, I see a profound simplicity in those words. God is great, He is all powerful ruling all things for His glory and pleasure. God is good, His goodness displayed in the person of His Son who gave His life for us. By His hands we are fed, just as He multiplied the fish and loaves in His hands, we eat from His hands every day. Recognizing these qualities in our Lord produces gratefulness in our hearts. I think i’ll pray the prayer of a child today, “Thank the Lord for daily bread”.

4 Replies to “THE PRAYER OF A CHILD”

  1. Pastor Frank, this is the prayer our 3 year old grand dauther prays everyday. I love to hear her pray, when she prays , it opens a whole new level of praise, to God, for me. This prayer is short and sweet, but o so deep ! we love you, the Flicks

  2. We come to him as a little child, with childlike faith, Im getting ministered to by remodleing my old 100 year pluss home, first we had to make sure the foundation was soung before anything else, once repaire was done there, we started taking away the old rotten wood and replaceing it with the good stuff, also scrapeing the old paint caulking the cracks filling the holes primeing now we are getting readdy for the paint and its startin g to look real good alot of work just to get to this part of the good fun stuff, and you have to have patience and work on it, The Lord doese this to all of us, Im working with braces on my hands getting readdy for surgery this fall some stuff like over head nailing I cant do so I get help, we have the Body of Christ if we have a hard time we can go to our Brothers and sisters, they will help us when we cant reach were we have to be, now this house will be able to weather most storms, im glad to be able to clearly see this as this house moves along I know the lord will show me more, these last few years ive learned alot on the Body of Christ and these last days, the Lord wants this burned in my heart on what really matters, one of the biggies I dont want to lose is child like faith he said it and It is so. an d to live according to his word and will in my life, dont get complicated, ask for his wisdom and faith to be able to see him fulfille what he wants I know this, if anybody be in Christ you will have a joyess life wont be bored! He is not boreing at all, we all have things that the lord has done with us all, im sure glad He is patient and loves us unconditionally,

  3. PASTOR FRANK, All I have to say is great word, THANK YOU LORD FOR OUR DAILY BREAD AND ALL THINGS YOU SUPPLY FOR ME AND MY FAMILY. PRAYER IS POWERFUL AND WE SHOULD THANK EVERY TIME WE DO SOMETHING. I KNIW I DO NOW.. LOVE YOU JESUS. BLESSINGS. I’M HIS CHILD AND HE IS MY LOVING FATHER. I WILL PRAIAE YOU ANS DANCE FOR YOU ALL THE REAT OF MY DAYS.

  4. God is awesome,powerful,graceous,perfect,forgiving,everlasting with lovingness,the Alpha and Omega,the beginning and the end. These are just a few words that explains God’s supernatural greatness. I give thanks to our Lord everyday when I eat and for everything through his blessings. Being blessed with my prayer language shows me that our earthly words can’t describe how great God is but through praying in tongue’s I can feel the holy spirit letting me know that these are beautiful words spoken to God with true gratification of his greatness. Thank you Lord for another B E Autiful day and night.

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