One of the favorite parts of my job is listening to children pray. Whether they are praying for their dead fish, getting along with their little sister, or sick grandparent, their sincerity and innocence is always moving. But most of all, their simple yet profound faith in the Lord is inspirational and even convicting. Their desire to talk to the Lord and share what is on their heart is an example that needs to be followed by many adults.
I am always surprised when I hear adults say that they don’t feel comfortable praying out loud in a group. The Lord enjoys hearing us speak out loud in prayer in the same way he enjoys our singing in worship and reading the Word. Of course, there is nothing wrong with praying silently, as Matthew states: “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”(Matthew 6:4-6).But I think we need to ask why praying in front of other is difficult? Perhaps we feel like we don’t know how to pray, or what words to say? Or maybe we are self-conscious and feel our words are inadequate.
Whatever the reason, let’s not forsake going to the Lord in prayer. If you don’t know what to pray, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27.
Pastor of Children’s Ministries