Thank You For The Stuff?

I notice that my children, and many of the young people I minster to, both have a similar mode in the way they pray.  They often either stick to tried and true prayers or rote sentences (like, “thank you for this day”), or they rip off a list of the material “stuff” they’re thankful for.  While I don’t believe either is necessarily a problem for a young Christian, surely the wisdom of a few years will teach them that muttering the same ole sentences without giving them much though or only being thankful only for material things is not true prayer.  Real prayer is just that–REAL!  God can handle our honest prayers, and He deserves that we give some serious thought to what we’re thankful for.  Like our health, our families, His grace, our pastors and teachers, etc…  Can you imagine what would happen if you tried that type of communication with other loved one’s in your life?  They’d know immediately that you were just giving them your absolute minimum.  So, may I pray that today your prayers will be even more meaningful to Him, and also to you!

“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

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er

James “Jim” Kilby is the Founder and President of Harvest Youth Ministries, and the Harvest Youth Ministry Network, both non-denominational Christian youth outreach organizations. He is also the founding Pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Dayton, Ohio. He is 58 years old, with ten children and 11 grandchildren.

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