And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Matthew 6 : 7
Good morning, friends.
Recently I watched the movie ‘Letters to God’. This is from the producers of the movies ‘Fireproof’ and ‘Facing the giants’. Watch it if you can. It is the true story of Tyler Doughtie.
Tyler is an 8 years old boy suffering from cancer. He writes and mails many letters addressed ‘To God’. He just writes whatever he feels like sharing with God. He doesn’t approach God for only healing, but these letters just reflect his heart to God. He writes even about the simple things like “You know what God? Today was a very good day”. The mailmen don’t know what to do with these letters. This boy doesn't spend his life scared of his disease, instead he writes letters even for others' problems, behaves very patiently toward his schoolmate Alex when he teases him about his disease, and convinces his friend Samantha to behave just like how Jesus would react. After listening to an old man saying, “You have been handpicked by God. When people see how strong and brave you are, that will make them look at their own lives”, this little boy considers himself as a warrior of God. This little boy’s sincere letters and life, touch many and bring them to the truth.
One day in my fellowship when we asked a girl to pray she started like this. “Good morning, God!” We all were surprised. Yes, after knowing much about God and the scriptures we tend to use more words in our prayers and make the prayers so very formal. Just think about your initial days when you have just known the love of Christ. All the prayers would have been very simple and childish. God loves those prayers, because they would have come very innocently. We would have thanked Him even for simple things. I remember I thanked Him when He enabled me to get up at 5 AM several years ago. Now I get frustrated when the alarm wakes me up even at 7 AM. God calls us back to our first love & to the greater heights of intimacy with Him. Shall we go back to Him with an open heart today? I’m sure He is waiting very eagerly to hear our innocent prayers once again.
Have a very happy New Year 2012! May all His promises to you come to pass!