Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (ESV)
“Jesus, hear me. Amen.” These four short words spoken by my 2-year old granddaughter Carly is her prayer before she eats and at bedtime. We all giggled when we first heard her say these words but the more I thought about her simple prayer, the more I realized just how power packed these few words are. I mean think about it, just the Name of Jesus alone is powerful and magnificent!
Here is just how significant those four words are when you combine them with scripture:
Jesus – it all starts with praise and worship:
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)
Hear – we can tell Him what we need because He listens:
I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. (Psalm 116:1)
…I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears… (II Kings 20:5)
Me – He loves me, oh how He loves me:
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! (Psalm 139:17)
We love him, because He first loved us. (I John 4:19)
Amen – trusting God’s faithfulness to answer:
…These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; (Revelation 3:14)
There will be times we will not know what to say in prayer because of distress, urgent needs or because we simply do not have the emotional strength to pray. Let the prayer of this precious child of God assure you that sometimes it’s ok to let your words be few (Ecclesiastes 5:2).
Carly’s vocabulary is growing at a rapid pace and her parents continue to teach her God’s Word. But she remains true to her way of praying because she believes every word and her childlike faith knows that God hears her. Isn’t it amazing how much we can learn from a child?
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