Devotion

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.

1 Peter 3:12

During the school year, I meet with a few other ladies once a week and we pray for our kids in school. There are several groups in our area which do this—most are affiliated with the national organization Moms In Prayer. The simple act of praying for your child is more powerful than all the lectures in the world. You can wear out your lungs talking to your kids about right versus wrong (and I have), but then you pray, and those prayers cut to the heart.

God blesses our prayers. He loves when we partner with Him, pour our hearts out to Him and ask for His divine help. The other day, after a prayer session, one of the ladies told us about an image that comes to her mind as we pray. She pictures Jesus looking down from heaven, tugging on His father’s sleeve, and saying “Hey dad, it’s that time again. Listen, they’re talking to us. I love this time of the week.”

The image has stuck with me. I love the idea of Jesus stopping to notice my prayers, and not just notice, but smile on me like a proud parent whose kid just threw the winning touchdown. Every parent would love for their child to turn to them for help and advice. And our heavenly father is no exception.

Do you have a set prayer time? A time when Jesus could say “Oh yeah, I love this time of day. I get to hear from (insert your name here).” Of course, Jesus wants us to talk to him all throughout our day, but having a set time to spend with Him is a habit which will bring many blessings—and make Him smile.

Dear Lord, give us the desire to talk to You every day. You hear us every time our thoughts drift Your way. Thank you for Your care and concern about all of the issues we bring to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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