From the Mouths of Babes…

Our church just completed ten full days and nights of round-the-clock prayer leading up to the Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday.  In the spirit of what these days have meant, I thought I'd share some prayer humor–from the perspective of little children:

UNANSWERED PRAYER?

The preacher's five-year old daughter noticed that her father always paused just before he delivered his sermon.  One day she asked him why.

"Well honey," he explained, blessed that his young daughter was so observant about spiritual things, "I'm asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon."

"How come He doesn't do it?" she inquired innocently. (Ouch!)

BEING THANKFUL

A pastor asked a precocious little boy, "Your Mommy says your prayers for you each night?  Very commendable.  What does she say?"

"Thank God he's asleep."

TIME TO PRAY

A minister asked a little boy if he said his prayers every night.

"Yes sir," the boy replied.

"And do you pray to the Lord in the daytime?"

"Naw," the child responded, "cause I ain't skeered in the daytime!"

THE BLESSING

My wife invited several people to dinner one evening.  Just before the meal, she turned to our six-year old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?"  "I wouldn't know what to say," our little girl said shyly.

"Just say what you hear Mommy say."

"Okay…" she said, then bowed her head.  "Dear Lord, why did I invite all these people to dinner?"

BEWARE OF TRASH

One pre-schooler prayed: "…and forgive our 'trash baskets' as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets." 

SAY A PRAYER

Little Johnny and his family were having dinner over at Grandma's house.  Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served.  When Johnny received his plate, he began eating right away.

"Johnny, wait until we've said the prayer," his mother said.

"I don't have to," he replied around a mouth full of food.

"Yes you do, young man," his mother insisted.  "We always pray before our meals at our house."

"That's our house," Johnny reasoned.  "But this is Grandma's house and she knows how to cook!"

What say you pray with your children tonight?  You never know what gems they'll come up with!

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