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Monday, October 18, 2010

Cookies For Kids

Chocolate chip cookies

Before bed, my 4-year-old Abby prays, “Dear God, help all the kids in the world to have food, water, and cookies.”

Her older sister, Anna, interrupts her.

“Abby, you can’t pray for cookies.  All the kids in the world don’t have toothbrushes.  They’re going to get cavities!”

Abby is quick to respond.

Dear God, I pray that all the kids in the world would have toothbrushes.”

I try not to laugh.  I can almost see God smiling.

Have you ever been reluctant to ask God for something big, just because you think he can’t provide something little?

I think about this for awhile after I put Abby to bed.

Sometimes, I assume God won’t answer my prayers.  So I don’t even ask.  Or I ask for something that I know is within reach.  I make sure my prayers are “logical.”

But then I wonder, is faith really supposed to be logical?  Are we limiting God by settling for crumbs when he really wants to give us cookies?

So I picture all the children of the world eating cookies.  And it’s beautiful. 

You don't have enough faith," Jesus told them. "I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.  Matt 17:20 (NLT)


Wendy Paine Miller said...

I know the Prayer of Jabez was a big blown up thing in churches years ago. It did teach me this. It's okay to ask God to enlarge our territories.

It's okay to ask God anything.

I love that He always listens.
~ Wendy

Unpolished Parenting said...

I often find myself thinking that my prayers are too self-centered or petty or general or repetitive. But I guess that's not really the case, is it?

I know He will listen, but I find myself wondering if there are more important things out there He should be listening to... Thanks for the reminder and the great story! It totally made me smile too.

Laura said...

That IS beautiful. I agree with Abby -- everyone needs cookies!

Interesting point about our prayers being logical. Are we just asking for what we're "supposed" to ask for, or are we asking from the heart? That's a good question for me!

Gee, all this food for thought from Abby's cookies!