My daughter is the coolest prayer I know. She's three and rocks conversation with God harder than her pastor father.
Here's what I love about how she prays, she only ever thanks God for stuff. Even while she's asking for things she's thanking God. Somehow I've learned that in pryaer you say everything you're thankful for, and then you move on to the point of the prayer. Like how you might compliment someone, or say some nice pleasantry, before asking them to make a pie for the bake sale or watch your kids for the weekend. There's the order of thanks first then request. It's a universal law isn't it?
But my daughter only has one mode: thanks.
Here's an example of a few of her prayers to illustrate this:
While dropping Sheena off at work, "God, thanks for good day mom will have at work."
Or at dinner tonight, "Dear God, thanks for the food. Thanks that dad will have a good meeting tonight. Thanks for the good time at preschool. Amen."
There's always this jumble of past and present and future thanks.
It's beautiful. I hope it never changes.
I can't help but wonder if this is what Jesus was talking about when he was talking about faith like a child: just thank God for it all.