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April 30, 2016, 12:14 PM

Our Father In Heaven


Every night I put Emory to bed. Often, she does her best to delay my efforts. Sometimes this comes in the form of not cooperating with me. Usually though, she does her best to ask questions and guilt me into reading to her. 

A few months ago, she noticed her baby monitor. She became very curious about what it was. It is kind of odd looking and is noticeably out of place. The first time she asked about it I simply told her it was the baby monitor and it allowed us to know that she was ok. That was good enough for her, at the time. The next time, she needed more details. I told her that the monitor allowed us to see her sleeping and know that she was ok, and that was enough information to satisfy her for the moment. 

However, about a month or so ago, in a desperate attempt to hold off bed time she needed all the details that could be known about this strange looking thing in her room. I like the fact that she is curious and wants to learn, so within reason I try to give in to these attempts to stall. I showed her the monitor screen so that she could see her bed. I told her that the monitor was a camera with a microphone in it. It allowed us to see and hear her at night so that we could know that she was safe and hear her when she needed us. I told her that if she needed us, all she had to do was look right at the monitor and call for help. We would be able to see her and hear her, and then we would come. 

The next morning, I hear her calmly say “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy.” I go to get her out of bed and she is sitting up looking at the door. In a very excited manner she said; “I just looked up and said Daddy, Daddy, Daddy, and you just came right through the door!”  A little confused by her exuberance, I said “What baby?” Emory looked at me and calmly said; “I just looked up and said Daddy, Daddy, Daddy, and you saw me and you just came right through that door.” 

Isn't that a lot like prayer. I think we often get caught with a little bit of doubt. Some feel that when we call out in prayer, we are really calling out to an empty room. Or maybe that we are calling out to a God that isn't really listening or doesn't want to enter the room and help out. The truth is, when we call out in prayer we are calling out to a Daddy that can see us and He wants to come right through the door. 

This week we are going to study prayer. We have great curriculum inspired by the movie War Room. We have great video lessons that will expose us to some great ideas. We will have great fellowship. But, the first we must begin to wrap our mind around what my daughter so firmly believed that morning. We have a Daddy who wants us to look up and call out when we need Him, and if we do He will come right through the door. 

Jesus told his disciples to pray like this: “Our Father in heaven”. We have a Father in heaven who listens when we pray. 


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