At One Community Church, each week we present words of reflection from one of our partners in the form of a devotional.  This week’s devotional was written by Nickoria Johnson.The Word:
“And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, ‘Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me…’ ”
Matthew 18:2-5 (NASB)

The Story:
I love to hear my son thank God for things every night when we pray together. When we first started doing this, he was barely three years old. I was pretty firm about having him tell God at least two things he was grateful for each day. Some nights, he would say he couldn’t think of anything. I would encourage him to thank God for anything he wanted to; even if it was for his fish or a smiley face sticker his teacher gave him. It has truly been a blessing to see him grow from struggling to find two things to pray about to now going on and on about how God has blessed him. To hear him praise the Lord for a new friend he met, a day off from school, learning new words, or the occasional, “Thank you for my Mom”, always warms my heart!  When I think about our prayer lives as adults, sometimes we struggle to acknowledge all of our blessings.  Often times, we come to God and praise Him for the blessings we consider important, but run out of thanks for all the things we take for granted. When we pray, let us go to the Lord as children do; unfiltered, with an overwhelming and pure gratefulness for the blessings of God!

The Reflection:
Are there times that we struggle to identify all of the blessings in our lives? What could be hindering us from going to the Lord with unfiltered, sincere gratitude when we pray?

The Application:
As we journey through this week, let us stop and reflect about how God is currently working in our lives. Let us continuously take a look around and thank the Lord for His goodness.

The Prayer:
Lord, thank You for the little things that You take care of around us every day. There is nothing too small or unworthy of gratitude. Help us to remember to pray with pure and sincere hearts like children. We take none of Your blessings for granted. We love you! Amen.