Reprinted from the May 2014 issue of “Gospel Advocate” Magazine.
Growing up in eastern Oklahoma, I was taught a myriad of beneficial things by my parents. They taught me how to ride a bike, wash dishes, mow the yard, load the washing machine, fix a flat tire and change the oil in the car. Dad taught me how to outline a Bible lesson when I was about 12, and Mom taught me a lot about putting that Bible lesson into practice in my daily life. One of the greatest things my parents ever taught me, however, was how to pray.
What does God hear in our prayers and in the prayers of our children? Does He hear from us at all? Does He hear from a family who wants only to get their “Christian duty” over with? Or, does He hear those who really want to honor Him and communicate with Him respectfully, sincerely and specifically?
Teach Your Children to Pray Respectfully
One popular news commentator recently noted that “there is an epidemic of disrespect in America” in the 21st century. Laws are disregarded. Authority figures are mocked. Righteousness is ridiculed. Perhaps never in the history of our country has it been more imperative to teach children to be respectful.