How often do we pray together? Not nearly as often as we should. I’m a morning person and Mr. Amazing is a night owl. Need I say more? We don’t put the children to bed before we go because he wants as much cuddle time as he can get with them. I don’t get them up real early because I want them to get plenty of sleep and we like our quiet time in the morning before the day gets super busy. Today at Fulfilling Your Vows Emily posted How Prayer Can Save Your Marriage. I read, shared, and then promptly went to catch him before the phone rang. We prayed a little prayer together and before we were finished… Yep, you guessed it! The phone rang. He finished with, “And Lord, Please Help!” Amen.
Sometimes I don’t feel like I have a good enough prayer to offer up to my Father in Heaven. Especially when it comes to my husband, I often just don’t know what to pray for. I don’t want to pray for patience and I don’t want to pray for change. I only want what God knows is best for him and our family. I usually have no clue what that is. I tend to have an idea of what I think would be “good” or maybe “better” than what things might be like at the moment. God often dashes my hopes to present me with a wonderful “Best”.
Still, I feel silly just praying, “Help!” I mean, I’m approaching the throne of Almighty God and this is all I have to say to HIM? I’m silly. Do you see how silly I am?
When my children haller help, I never ever ignore them or tell them to come back when they have more to say to me. I can tell by the tone of their voice if I need to run to their aid. I can also tell if it’s something they are just wanting encouragement or support to do themselves. When they were learning to ride their bicycles, they asked for help. I helped them gain the confidence they needed to ride alone. That’s often not the help they wanted. They wanted me to put the training wheels back on, or hold on to the seat the whole way down the driveway. What did I do? I let go as soon as I felt they were balancing on their own. Usually they wouldn’t realize it for a minute or two. Once they realized, they would panic and loose balance. Did I chide them for falling? No. I told them how great they were doing and that they were balancing on their own and that I KNEW they could do it.
Matthew 7:11 says, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Sometimes children don’t know what they need and just cry out, “Help!” because they know Mommy or Daddy will come. How much more does our Heavenly Father delight in coming when we call? That’s why HE sent us the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
Even if our prayer is only, “Help!” HE hears. HE IS here.
“For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5b