And Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt 18:3)
So I was baby sitting my little cousin, and I asked her to join me in prayer. Initially I was going to just go in a room and pray by myself but I felt compelled to ask her to join me with the intent to show her how important it was to take time out and talk to God. Thinking I was about to teach her, I somehow became the student and she the teacher.
I asked her if she wanted to pray, she gently laughed and declined so I began to pray. After I prayed I asked her again if she wanted to pray, hesitantly, she said yes. As she began to pray her words just started to flow, however I was more impressed by what she was saying. She was so real before God….no worries about what she was saying, or how she was saying it, she just prayed. She gave specific details about what she needed God’s help with and began to even point out her own flaws and ask God to help her in those areas.
I honestly almost started crying…I was like, so God this is what you meant when you said come to me as a little child. Children are real, they say how they feel and the only thing that stops them from speaking that truth is adults…they’re open & blunt, quick to forgive, and they initially want the best for people…and I began to recognize all that while she was praying…
Anyway, I could go on and on about this matter, but I would really just like to challenge us all to be naked before God when we communicate with Him. That is something personally I find myself struggling with, especially when I really don’t want to admit the ugliness that’s in me or expose the faults that I have to admit that I have. But God already knows what’s up….why would we hide from Him?? That’s like playing “Hide and Go Seek” and you choose to hide on the other side of a window…really? Now does that make sense to you?!?! lol not really…besides the word tells us, that if we confess our sins that God is faithful and willing to forgive us and even clean us up and change those things that are not like Him (1 John 1:9). And even if you read that 8th verse…it tells you, if you think you have no sins, you’re really fooling yourself.
But anyway…the point is…we might as well be real before God. He’s the only one who won’t condemn us, the one who knows us inside out….who can see past the facade we try to display to others…He knows our thoughts…the good, bad, and horrific…our TRUE motives…and our desires, and yet through all that He loves us and is willing to forgive if we just keep it real with Him!
It’s just amazing how I learned all of this through a child’s prayer…that like her, this is how God wants me to come before Him. It’s not always easy…but it’s what having a pure relationship with God is all about. So the next time you talk to God (which I hope it’s sometime soon)….just remember to be real, tell Him how you feel, and confess it all…in other words, Keep it 100!
I know it’s been a minute, but Thanks for reading!
P.S. Do people still say that “Keep it 100?!?!” I probably should have inquired about that before I finished this blog lmbo…I have issues, I know & I’m going to confess them haha love yall!