When a picture of African orphan girls came up on the screen at church yesterday and we were asked to pray for the ministry*, I decided to include my 6-year-old grandson. You have to be quick when want to keep Noah’s attention, so I invited him right then to pray God would give them mommies and daddies.
Then I did a crazy thing, I told Noah they probably didn’t have many toys and wouldn’t he like to ask God to give the orphans Legos to play with?
His eyes met mine and studied the thought like it would be awful to be without Legos, so we prayed.
“All the ways of people are pure in their eyes, but the Lord tests the motives” (Proverbs 16:2 CEB).
Because our motives are judged by God it’s up to him to decide if it was good praying or not. I just knew it was important to Noah, so it was good for him to ask God for others to enjoy toys like he does.
“Pleasant words are flowing honey, sweet to the taste and healing to the bones” (verse 24).
I’m not bragging that I’m exceptionally wise by including this next verse, but it is encouraging.
“The mind of the wise makes their speech insightful and enhances the teaching of their lips” (verse 23).
*If you’re interested, here’s a link to the ministry to orphans, Streams of Mercy. Would you like to support and pray with Noah and his grandma for these children?
by Kathy Sheldon Davis
So true, morethanlegs. Another reason I don’t ask is because I’m afraid the answer might be no. I have to remind myself to be grateful he is answering me. Think of it – God answers me! Another benefit of asking is if Noah ever sees a photo of an orphan playing with Legos he’ll probably remember our prayer and thank God. I love that.
What a precious prayer. To many people asking for Legos might seem silly, but not to him because he knows what kids like. We often don’t ask God for what we want because we think our requests are silly