Building Spiritual Life Together

Children who know they are loved, know they have a purpose, and know they have a hope are prepared for anything this world wants to dish up.
Tim Kimmel
f you have so much business to attend to that you have no time to pray, depend upon it, you have more business on hand than God ever intended you should have.
D. L. Moody

Why is it that sublime intentions often wind up looking ridiculous in reality? Even the noblest intentions of a vital devotional life can wind up looking like tragi-comedy. Consider this pastor's description of the bedtime prayer routine:

With all the defiance of a mongrel whelp, my 4-year-old son stared me down and issued his answer: "No!" For the past four bedtimes, young John had become increasingly obstinate about praying.

"You're going to pray if I have to wait here all night!"

I heard myself utter this benign threat and had to wonder who let the crazy man in. What had happened to the wisdom of a hundred seminars on child rearing?

But if John could play his role, I was ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Tags:
Posted:
December

Support our work

Subscribe to CT and get one year free.
Homepage Subscription Panel
Read These Next
close