Saturday, October 9, 2010


Tim and I have been having the boys pray to ask God for forgiveness after sinning. The other day Joseph prayed a perfect prayer. I mean, perfect. The address, the body, the closing, all perfect.

But today was another story.

He lied about having washed his hands with soap, so I sent him to his bed. Then a bit later I went in to reinforce (again times 50) that we do NOT lie and that God hates a lying tongue. We talked about how he needed to pray, and so he starts out:

Dear God, I did it again!
Dear Jesus, I did it again!
Dear Lord, I not obey my parents today!
Help me obey tomorrow.

I don't think this is going anywhere good with three people he's praying too, so I insert:

Please forgive me. (He repeats it.)
In Jesus' Name, Amen. (And he's done.)

I think Tim and I ought to stick with one method of address. :)


  1. Now, now, now, that's why it's so much easier to stick to Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad - Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our G-d, the Lord is One. In individual prayer the issue just never comes up when we have only one G-d. But I do remember my adoptive parents having the same issue with my little brothers when they were trying to teach them to pray and to explain that they, really, are only praying to one person.

    Reading your blog I'd like to say I think you are great parents!

  2. They are all the same person. I don't understand the perfect prayer concept. If it is coming from a repentant heart, the wording isn't important. I would be thankful they are praying and not worry about the form.

  3. Thanks, Hevel. :) I always enjoy reading your comments.

    Julie, we are teaching them to pray a certain way because Jesus taught us how, and because there are so many wonderful examples of prayer in the Bible. I don't just want the kids to say, "Sorry, God" and then 'be thankful' they are praying. I want them to be the most godly believers possible, and that includes humble, loving, honoring prayers to God.

  4. I am not sure you understood my heart. Do what works for you. I understand Jesus taught us how to pray, but the Psalms are all prayers as well. God looks on the heart and my only point in saying anything was that maybe until he gets it, work on the heart and then work on the form... kind of a crawling before you walk thing. I didn't mean to sound critical.

  5. I'm sorry I misunderstood, Julie. I must be the most sensitive person alive, other than my husband. :) Don't hesitate to comment.... I love getting comments. We have been thinking about the heart issue. I was thinking that by praying and having him repeat the prayer, we are teaching him the correct attitude toward God. It does seem to be helping. He wants to pray when he does wrong, and he notices that he is happy afterwards.


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