From a Four-Year-Old

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My friend Don is four years old. I love children around that age because they innocently say whatever they are thinking. Two weeks ago he told me not to put on a certain t shirt because he did not like the colour, instead I should look for blue clothes. He also shows me everything his parents buy for him. There’s never a dull moment around him. There’s this one time I promised to bring him some snacks next time I visited. He was so happy, he told his parents and his sister about it, (I am sure everyone else he met on that day was also told). Since I was still in their house, he would go out to play, come back and remind me about the snacks. ‘Aunty Rawder, you said you will bring me snacks when you come?’ I agreed and smiled at him, he smiled back got very excited and went back to play. He did the same thing three more times. I did not get angry. I sat there expecting the reminders to keep coming. On my way out, I was told not to forget the snacks.

The next time I visited I fulfilled my promise. Okay, he had reminded me about it as I took off my shoes at the doorstep. His mother informed me that everyone who stepped in that house was told about auntie Rawder’s promise. I looked at his innocent face and was reminded of God’s promises. In His word He has many promises for His children. At times I get tired of asking God for the same thing He promised to do. Why should I keep praying yet He already said He will do it? Why should I ask and it is already mine? As this little boy reminded me about his snacks, I did not get mad, instead I was so glad that he believed I would fulfill my promise. So when we ask God and speak His promises, He does not get irritated, it is an act of faith: Evidence that we believe in His word.

Let’s look at Elijah in 1 Kings 18:1, the word of the LORD came to him: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.” The Lord had made the promise. If I were Elijah, I would go Samaria and present myself to Ahab and wait for the Lord to act! After all, it is He who made the promise why should I ask again, He is the one who had sent me and He knows what to do. But Elijah got there and prayed, he climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees. He prayed because he believed that God will surely act. He kept calling upon the name of the Lord knowing it is not in vain: God will do it because He said so. He was not discouraged by what he saw, he did not doubt what God had said.

Are you tired of calling on God? Do you feel like you should stop asking because He already promised? It took a four-year-old boy to remind me of the power of prayer and speaking the promises of God over and over. Do not get tired of calling; do not get tired of asking and proclaiming what God has spoken over your life. It is a show of belief. He is not ignoring you, He is glad that after all those months, all those years, you still believe and trust in His promise.

Lord, I will keep calling.

Amen.

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