Every evening Genevieve and I follow the same routine to get her ready for bed. First Genevieve goes on the potty and then gets in her pajamas. We brush her teeth. (She scrunches up her face and pretends that she is not going to let me brush them!) Then we go and snuggle together on the couch in her room. We read the bible together and pray. Then we read The Going to Bed Book. Genevieve loves this book, especially the lion. We always roar to each other when we see him on the first page. Genevieve nurses and then lies down in her crib to sleep.
Lately I have been trying to take the Bible story that we read and pray about it over Genevieve. I bless Genevieve with the positive traits or qualities that are demonstrated in each story. I realize how powerful the spoken word is and I just want to pour blessings into Genevieve’s life.
This evening we read about Jesus calling his disciples. He said, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” I began to pray that Genevieve would hear Jesus calling her to follow Him and that she would respond to that call. I prayed that she would realize what an awesome calling it is to follow Jesus and that she would allow her life to be used to bring others to the Light. What an important prayer it was and as I prayed I realized that my voice and my countenance were changing. I was praying a little more passionately tonight that I usually do in our bedtime prayers. Oh how I long for Genevieve to know Christ in an intimate way and for her life to bring glory to Him.
All of a sudden I looked up at Genevieve, who was sitting quite still next to me. (If you know Genevieve, you know that is out of the ordinary for her!) Her little hands were clasped together and eyes were tightly closed. Her tiny face was scrunched up.
It seemed as though she understood the significance of that prayer.
All of a sudden Jesus’ words came to mind. He said to his followers “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our father…'”
THIS is how you should pray. Jesus demonstrated to his disciples time and time again the way to pray. He taught them through example.
This evening God showed me that I am to teach Genevieve through my example how to speak to Him. It is from me that she will not only learn WHAT to pray, but she will learn HOW to pray.
Genevieve imitated what she witnessed tonight. They were not shallow, empty words that were spoken. These words came from a place deep within me that longs to see the salvation of my child. Genevieve could sense the fervency of this prayer and this was reflected in her reaction. She was directed to God. We were in the presence of the King of Kings and I truly believe that Genevieve knew it.