I recently took a photography class. It was a four-week course that taught us the basics of using a DSLR camera. In the third class, we learned about the six elements of design: line, shape, form, texture, pattern, and color. The instructor told us that the more often we look for these things in our surroundings, the more we will notice them.
Have you ever experienced this? The most common example is when you are car shopping. It seems that once you have decided on the car you want, you notice it every where, on the road, in the store parking lot, and on TV.
Prayer has the same effect. When you pray, you begin to notice providence, divine appointments, and answered prayers in unexpected places.
There are times when things weigh heavy on us and we have trouble seeing past it. Sometimes we can't see past the dishes in our sink, the laundry in our hampers, or our to-do list. Prayer enables us to focus on more than what’s right in front of us. We begin to see God's hand in our life. Taking notice encourages us and builds our faith.
I don't know about you, but I don't want to miss a thing!
Dear Lord, I know you hear my prayers. Open my eyes and help me to perceive your hand in __________________________. Help me to notice how you are working my situation. I don’t want to miss what you are doing in response to my prayers and in my life…
For You and Your Child…
Play the Punch Buggy Game. If you are interested in the official rules, you can check out this site, but it goes something like this. While driving in the car or being about town, you keep your eyes open for a VW Beetle. When you see one, you punch the person you are with in the arm and say, "Punch Buggy Red" (if it is a red car), followed by "No punch back." There is no winner in this game; it's just something to do for fun. My kids have a blast with this, and it never seems to get old, at least not for them.
Point out to your children how frequently, something that you didn't pay attention to before, now catches your attention. Go on to explain that prayer can draw out attention to just how active God is in our life.
This post is Day 24 of the series 31 Days of Teaching my Kids About Prayer.