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A Child-Like Faith and Attitude in Prayer

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Amid adulthood's complexities and difficulties, the simplicity and purity of a child's faith can teach us a timeless lesson. The Bible itself encourages us to approach God in prayer with a childlike attitude, emphasizing trust, humility, and unshakable confidence. This child-like faith involves trusting in God with fervent passion, driving us to seek His presence with zeal and honesty.


Trusting Without Reservation

Jesus, in his teachings, extolled the virtue of child-like faith as a model for approaching God. In Matthew 18:3 (NIV), he says, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." It emphasizes how important it is to trust God with a heart free from doubt and reservation, similar to the unwavering trust a child has in a loving parent. Childlike faith entails a firm conviction in God's goodness, acceptance of His wisdom, and a passion for God like no other. It means approaching prayer with a genuine and sincere heart, unclouded by cynicism or adult reasoning. It also means approaching prayer as an outlet for our passion to worship and serve Him. A childlike faith allows us to surrender control and trust in God, who is now our Father.


A Child-Like Attitude in Prayer: Humility and Simplicity

The Book of Matthew emphasizes the simplicity and humility associated with a childlike attitude in prayer. In Matthew 18:4 (NIV), Jesus continues, "Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." This verse highlights the importance of humility in our approach to God, acknowledging our dependence on Him. As adults, we often struggle with life's complexities and it takes humility to acknowledge that, like a child, we need guidance from wiser individuals.

Praying with a child-like attitude involves giving up pretence and coming to God with an open heart. It means recognizing our limitations and embracing the simplicity of heartfelt communication with our Father. Children don't complicate their requests with unnecessary details; instead, they express their needs and desires with sincerity and trust.


Scriptural Encouragement for Child-Like Prayer: Philippians 4:6-7

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7). This verse reinforces the idea that a child-like approach to prayer involves casting our anxieties on God, trusting Him to provide, and experiencing the peace that surpasses human comprehension. Our passion for God allows us to surrender to Him and rely on a childlike dependence on His goodness.

May we, like little children, approach God with unshakeable faith and burning passion, knowing that He delights in the sincere prayers of His beloved children.

  



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