Reflection by Abby Watts
Today’s Gospel: Matthew 6:7-15
Every night before I tuck my sons in, we say our litany of prayers. The current run-down is “Now I lay me down to sleep…,” plus “God bless mommy, daddy,” etc. Then we say what we are thankful for and who we are praying for and we close with a prayer for protection to our Guardian Angels. At one point we included an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, but I noticed that my ambition for prayer time did NOT match my sons’ attention span. There was a lot of rolling around on the floor and grabbing stuffed animals. One trick I picked up from their kindergarten teacher was to ask them, “Are you giving Jesus your best?”
In my children’s lives and in my own prayer life, I never want prayer to be seen as something on a check list. But I have to ask myself if I hold my prayer time to the same standard as my kids’. If the answer is no, it’s time to do some tweaking.
When you are praying, are you giving Jesus your best?
Lord, show me what changes I can make to my time spent with You, so it can be more fruitful and lead me into a deeper love for You.
Copyright 2020 Abby Watts
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