Our teacher in Sunday School this past week told us a hilarious, yet convicting story, about a child's prayer. It struck home with me, especially since God had been dealing with this in my heart already.
Here it is:
A little boy knelt by his bed to pray. "God, if You just give me this new red tricycle that I want, I promise, I'll be good for a year. I won't ask for anything else for a whole year!"
He started thinking, and realized that wasn't true. He tried again. "Okay, God, if you give me this new tricycle, I promise - I'll be set for 6 months! Half a year!"
Still not really accurate. He tried praying about a month, then a week. Still didn't feel he could keep his end of the promise.
He ran to the living room, grabbed the statue of Mary from the mantle, and shoved it under his bed. Then he knelt, and prayed. "God, if You ever want to see Your mother again, You'll give me that tricycle!"
HAHAHA! And.... "oops".
Are you guilty of the same today? Are you making empty promises in your prayer life? Are you bargaining with God? Are you making ransom requests?
Or are you coming to Him, with full confidence and faith, not only that He is able, but that He knows the best way and the best timing? Are you giving God suggestions on how to answer your prayer? Or stepping back and giving it up to Him?
This isn't easy, guys. It's downright HARD. But all things are possible with Christ who gives us strength. And the resulting freedom is WORTH IT.
What's your tricycle today?