Several months ago we got into a wonderful habit of praying after breakfast together. Each person prayed their ACTS.
A- Adoration (God you are....)
C- Confession (God forgive me for...)
T-Thanksgiving (God, thank you for...)
S- Supplication (If it's your will for...)
Though there was the occasional fighting over who was going first, it was a spiritually uplifting time and set the tone for the day. HOWEVER, I, of course, somehow got off track and stopped doing it! Why, I don't know, but now, it seems that we can't fit it into our breakfast routine. (We also read from a story Bible, NIrV New testament chapter, and a Character book, so it does get time consuming.)
So, yesterday, I decided to start our ACTS time at lunchtime. I was expecting it to be hairy as we aren't used to doing anything structured after lunch and everyone wants to go their separate ways. But, I was humbled and surprised at the blessing it became. We talked about Patrick Myers and the danger he and the children in the orphanage in Africa are in due to the flooding and crocodiles and hippos. We each took a part of ACTS to pray but during Supplication, each child kept saying, "Oh, mom, I forgot something else. Can I pray some more?"
As a mom, my heart was warmed to know that their hearts were being tender toward the needs of others, but mostly that they truly believe in the power that the Lord has in "closing the crocs mouths, like you closed the lions with Daniel" (Jake). Often, I pray and lack BELIEF! My children were a conviction to me as they prayed with a child's faith, knowing that GOD almighty CAN do it! I was humbled, as I often am, by my children. Thanks be to God for allowing me to ENJOY HIM and KNOW HIM better through my children's prayers.