Have you ever refrained from asking God for something because it seems too big or too wild? If you have, that makes two of us!
However, the Bible teaches us that God wants us to ask! Here’s the reality: God is more concerned with the posture of our hearts than the specifics of our requests. Consider the importance of a grateful heart—
John 16:24 says, “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.”
Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
As parents, it’s our responsibility to teach our kids how to be grateful and approach the throne of God with grateful confidence. To help put this into practice, my husband and I started creating “Grateful for” and “Ask” boards. These boards remind us of what God has already given us and encourage us to ask God intentionally for the desires of our hearts.
We try to be consistent with this exercise so that our children catch on. Consider creating family “Grateful for” and “Ask” boards. Each week, take time to fill them out together. The “Grateful For” section might change each week, but the “Ask” section may stay the same. This will help them learn how to seek God tenaciously. Imagine the moment God answers a prayer, and you can help your child move it from the “Ask” to the “Grateful For” board. It will be a celebration! Remember this is a FAMILY project. You get to exemplify the habits and heart posture that your children will emulate. The greatest gift you can give them is showing them how to pursue Jesus.