The Word Weaver
Deb Weaver ~ Communicating God's love, grace, & truth
To See With the Heart of a Child
by The Word Weaver, Deb on February 11th, 2012

Despite being downright warm this afternoon, it was c-c-c-c-c-cold enough here in South Carolina this morning to imagine this scene:

Early morning, Christmas festivities.

Boy and girl. Shining eyes. Smiles that dominate faces.

Identically shaped gifts in hand.

Wonder and anticipation.

Wrapping paper tearing to shreds.

Surprised gasps giving way to shrieks of joy!

Two young bodies bouncing up and down. Parents grinning.

Suddenly, five year old Abby flings out her arms and raises her voice, "WAIT! WAIT! I KNOW HOW THIS HAPPENED!!!"

Seeing she has everyone's attention, she continues, "One day when I was alone with Shelfie (their Elf on a Shelf), I whispered a secret to him--that we wanted Nooks--and he must have told Santa!" Then she and her brother continue their celebration...
Photo courtesy of A.J. Weaver
When my friend shared this story of her daughter in our small group, I thought of something I'd recently read in The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson (highly recommend, by the way!) He wrote,
"A few years ago, I read one sentence that changed the way I pray. The author, pastor of one of the largest churches in Seoul, Korea, wrote, 'God does not answer vague prayers.' When I read that statement I was immediate convicted by how vague my prayers were. Some of them were so vague that there was no way of knowing whether God had answered them or not."

That is so true. But when we pray specifically--telling God exactly what we want, need, and hope for ourselves, our loved ones, and our world--we can more easily look for and recognize His answers.

Then, like Abby, we can stop in our tracks and, with excitement and awe, share what we know. "Wait! Wait! I KNOW how this happened! I asked the Lord, and He answered! This is what God has done!" And then I can return to Him with thanks and praise.

How about you? Are you with me?

Let's ask our loving, trustworthy Father specifically.

Let's anticipate His answers.

Let's acknowledge His handiwork.

Let's adore Him.


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Copyright 2012, The Word Weaver, Deb Weaver


Posted in My Journey with God    Tagged with Prayer, Thanksgiving, Kids, Praise


2 Comments

Jocelyne - February 16th, 2012 at 2:35 PM
I am properly convicted... and excited too. This certainly encourages me to make my prayers more specific! Thank you for this... so well said.
The Word Weaver, Deb - February 16th, 2012 at 7:39 PM
Thank you, Jocelyn. God has been teaching me over and over to ask! The Circle Maker is an excellent resource encouraging us to pray boldly and to ask specifically. I hope you'll check it out!
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