During prayers the other night, when it came time for my son to decide what to say, “Thank you, Jesus” for, he told us instead of saying thank you, he wanted to ask for something. We were curious. He said, “Jesus, I REALLY want a baby brother or baby sister.” We have been longing to add more children to our family for a while and I’m sure my son has picked up on that. I also know he sees all of his other friends have little brothers and sisters and wants to be like them and have an automatic playmate, and buddy who understands what it’s like to be a kid.
I told my son that he can ask Jesus multiple times a day, as many times as he likes, for his desire. Jesus likes to hear our requests and He likes when we talk to him. I also told my son that Jesus might not necessarily grant his request. My husband and I glanced at each other. This was a concept we both had a hard time with too. Why would Jesus deny a request that is a good? If something is good, why would He say no? This is a difficult thing to explain for grown-ups even.
I told my son, “Jesus knows what’s best for us — better than we do. We can ask for something that is good, like cake for breakfast. You know you can ask Mommy and Daddy for cake for breakfast and we aren’t saying no to you because you are bad or it’s a bad request, but because….”
He quickly answered, “Because cake’s for dessert, NOT breakfast! I’m not going to ask for cake for breakfast — just a baby brother or sister,” he confidently stated. I just tried to gently reinforce that we don’t always get what we ask for — sometimes for reasons we never find out — but it’s appropriate to keep asking and to know Jesus hears you, even if you don’t get the answer you want. Sometimes I wonder if the Holy Spirit prompts my child to ask me questions in which I have to take my own advice.
Copyright 2017 Meg Herriot