I’m Praying For You (and You, and You Too)
January 11, 2008
Ever since I began saying my son’s prayers for him every night, the list has grown, and grown, and grown. It seems if he meets you once, and likes you, you get put on the prayer list. The unfortunate thing for me is, he has a memory like a steel trap. I try to be patient with him, but it’s difficult when I am tired and have so many things to do and he wants to pray for someone he sees once every 3 years, or everyone in our small chruch (individually) or even The Wiggles.
I had to intiate a system, in which I honor his requests for as long as I can, then I tell him to pick 4 more people to pray for before we say amen. This worked for a while, and I would occasionally let a few extra slip in. After all, you can’t pray for grandma and not grandpa, or one of his church friends and not all of them. This system worked well for us for several months.
Apparently, praying for everyone he has ever crossed path with is tiring the little fellow out. The past few nights when I have started out with the traditional “God bless mommy and daddy……..” I have been interupted by a request from my kiddo. “Just pray for everyone on the whole planet, that’ll get everyone” he says.
Our new bedtime prayer is something like this: “Dear God, please watch over everyone on the whole planet, keep us all safe and healthy and bless us. Amen”. It’s not personal, and I know I’m not teaching him the “right” way to pray, but I’m relieved to have gained 1/2 hour every night by the end of prolonged prayers.
I guess I can honestly say that I’m praying for all of you, unless of course you don’t live on the planet.