The Prayerful Baby

It is 3:00 am and you crawl out of a nice warm baby to rescue a screaming infant.  Prayer may be the last thing you are thinking.  You sit down to a full meal, artfully prepared and ready to be consumed by your family without much thought you bow your head to give thanks to the God who provided the health, finances, and the bounty of this table.  What of baby’s meal? Before baby latches to breast or open his or her lips for the bottle, pray a short prayer of thanksgiving.  You may not feel very thankful yourself, but that audible prayer is an example to baby. 

Here’s another example: You are on the way to the child-care center to drop off baby.  Baby is awake and happy, you, on the other hand are anxious and overwhelmed with whatever it is you face today.  An audible prayer for those who will care for your child while you are at work sets a different tone than that hurried, frantic dash across town even praying for your own day gives the day to Jesus to make of it what he will.

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 

Do not long to be the perfect parent, let God have the power.