I can remember when I was a little girl before going to sleep my mother would sit on the edge of my bed in my room and I would kneel down on the carpet fold my hands in a prayer position on the bed as instructed, close my eyes and repeat after my mom “Now I lay me down to sleep I pray to the Lord my soul to keep if I should die before I wake I Pray to God my soul to take.”  My most favorite part of the prayer was the section in which I did not need any help I would say at the end of the prayer God bless Mommy and Daddy and Grandma and Grandpa my brothers, Uncles, my teacher, my friends and my cat.  Amen.”  The bible says in Proverbs “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

I am so very grateful for the foundation taught to me as a young child. I know so many who can confirm to the same experience.  Many, including myself were not born into families with material wealth, but we were given a solid foundation in Christ; that has been a major factor toward maturation into responsible adults and has helped many of us navigate life’s ups and downs.  We know we have an anchor in the Lord.  We were given one of the major tools of our faith and that was the ability to humble ourselves before the Lord and pray; when things are going well pray, when life is taking you on a roller coaster ride pray. This was one of the major foundations I was given in my youth, how to pray.  The Bible say in James: Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.  Prayer was a building block that helped to develop my intimate relationship with God.  Prayer has brought me through many trials and tribulations.

One of the great hymns of the church that we sing:  “What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and griefs to bear what a privilege to carry everything to God in Prayer!  You may not have silver and gold houses and land; I encourage you to teach your children how to pray and if you do not feel comfortable talking with the Lord, join a church family where you and the children can begin to learn about the goodness of God and how to develop your intimate relationship with Christ because Jesus is the best thing that has ever happen to me.  God Bless you.

Grace & Peace,