A Child’s Prayer
Heavenly Father are You really there?
And do You hear and answer ev’ry child’s prayer?
Some say that heaven is far away,
But I feel it close around me as I pray.
Heavenly Father, I remember now
Something that Jesus told disciples long ago:
“Suffer the children to come to Me.”
Father, in prayer I’m coming now to Thee.
Pray, He is there;
Speak, He is list’ning.
You are His child;
His love now surrounds you.
He hears your prayer;
He loves the children.
Of such is the kingdom, the kingdom of heav’n
Today when I firstly heard this song in Sunday mass, I was almost cried (but I held it since there’s my mom there). After hearing this song repeatedly, I hardly cried. I didn’t understand why did I cry, but then I realized that it’s because the song doesn’t only present little children’s prayer, but also my prayer.
Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance; who does not persist in anger forever, but delights rather in clemency, and will again have compassion on us, treading underfoot our guilt? You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins; (Micah 7:18-19)
But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.(Luke 15:32)
Have you ever feel so lost that you are afraid of coming back to God?
Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. (Matthew 23:3)
And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12)
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.
Cease to do evil,
Learn to do good;
Rebuke the oppressor;
Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:16-17)
Have you ever rebuked someone?
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets. (Daniel 9:9-10)
“Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful...For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:36,38)
Is it because these days are Lent period so the readings are mostly talked about forgiveness and repentance? No matter what, it’s always exhiliriating to discuss this topic.
I have been written many times in my reflections that I wasn’t a merciful woman. Now let me tell you a recent experience I had these weeks.
And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” (Genesis 22:12)
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Roman 8:32)
And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Matthew 9:7)
Do you have a son? How is your feeling if you have to sacrifice your beloved son for others deeds?
Today you have proclaimed the Lord to be your God, and that you will walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments, and His judgments, and that you will obey His voice. (Deuteronomy 26:17)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:43-45)
Have you heard the proverb above? What do you feel when you have to proclaim that for yourself and your heavenly Father?
Today’s thoughts are tomorrow’s actions.
Today’s jealousy is tomorrow’s temper tantrum.
Today’s bigotry is tomorrow’s hate crime.
Today’s anger is tomorrow’s abuse.
Today’s lust is tomorrow’s adultery.
Today’s greed is tomorrow’s embezzlement.
Today’s guilt is tomorrow’s fear.
(inscribed from A Love Worth Giving by Max Lucado)
Are you a consistent person?