"Does this mean we have to become spies?"
That's what Zach asked when he first learned about a prayer journal. You know, that part where you look back over previous prayer requests and see how God worked things out. He was trying to figure out how he'd know if a friend changed a behavior, or if someone got over their cold, or if an orphan was happy.
I do love how the child's mind works and how the most innocent questions come flying out without reservation.
I've had several prayer journals myself, but this is a first for the boys. I thought it would be a good way for them to list prayer items during the bedtime routine, rather than relying on memory ... and ending up with a prayer that sounds something like, "Dear God, uh ... Thank you for cows ... I can't remember anything else. Amen."
Although it is merely a standard school spiral, this prayer journal has proven to be remarkably thought-provoking and has been a wonderful tool in organizing their conversations with God. (My type-A organizer is over the moon making his lists!) It provides a blank sheet every day for them to fill with details for their Heavenly Father. They are so excited about this simple little spiral... They leave nothing out. Every kid (everyONE, really) should have one!
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14