One of the funniest stories in our house over the past few years involved a fight. Yes, a scuffle among brothers.

 Hollianne and I were out for dinner. We received a frantic call from JT, who excitedly claimed that Britton had broken the bracket on one of his braces. A few questions from Hollianne revealed that the boys were having a boxing match with some oversized gloves. Britton had connected with a punch that- while not hurting his brother- did manage to break the appliance on JT’s tooth.

 Hollianne told the boys that we would deal with the situation once we got home. After getting off the phone we laughed about ‘boys being boys’ and recalled times from our own youth when similar accidents happened.

 We witnessed a humorous sight once we arrived home. JT rushed to the door to show us his broken braces and let us know that Britton was upstairs in his room- waiting on us.

 We climbed the stairs to talk with Britton. As we entered his room we saw our six year old kneeled down on the floor! He had his hands clasped and was praying the most fervent prayer I’ve ever seen him pray! Britton was scared of what might happen in terms of punishment.

 While we got quite a chuckle out of this situation, it was a good reminder of how I often approach my own prayer life.

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

 How often do we intentionally pray? I’m not talking about a quick prayer as we get out of bed in the morning. Nor am I referring to having a brief prayerful thought before we go to sleep at night. I mean a REAL prayer. A conversation with God.

 And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Matthew 6:7

 Prayers should be thoughtful. Prayer gives us a direct line of communication with God. That’s humbling to think about, isn’t it? It’s our opportunity to thank God for our blessings and to tell Him our concerns and requests.

 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. Psalm 34:17

 I was given a tip several years ago by someone that I consider to be a prayer warrior. He carried around an index card in his wallet. When a thought crossed his mind about a blessing, concern or request during the day, he would simply jot these thoughts down on his index card and then meditate over these written ideas during his prayer time.

 Whatever your method of prayer, try to make it more intentional. We’ll all have times (like Britton’s desperate plea for mercy!) that prayer will be spontaneous. Let’s also encourage one another to make prayer a daily priority…one that we don’t take for granted.

 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. Jeremiah 29:12

 Please pray for me. And let me know if I can pray for you.

 God bless.


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