I recently had the joy of a visit from my granddaughter Kennedy, followed by a visit from our family to hers. At meal times, Kennedy, who is just turning two, waits for everyone to sit down. Then she smiles and calls out, “Say, Amen!” That’s our cue to say grace together, “God is great, God is good, and we thank Him for our food, Amen!” Kennedy loves the “Amen” part!
I had just been pondering a devotion based on Psalm 50:23 for moms, and thought Kennedy’s “amens” sure fit. One of the simplest, yet profound, prayers we can teach our children and grandchildren is to say “thank you” to God. This simple act of thanksgiving opens the door of conversation between child and the Heavenly Father, leading the way to knowing Jesus as Savior.
When I read Psalm 50:23, I see two things our thanks brings: 1) Honor to God, 2) Jesus will show us His salvation. Isn’t that wonderful? When we teach our children to say thank you to God, we are honoring Him and leading them to an eternity with Jesus.
Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor Me,
and to the blameless I will show My salvation. Psalm 50:23 (NIV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: Let’s start this very day, teaching our kids to say thank you to Jesus, and setting an example of thankfulness in all our prayers, too. One of my favorite little kid prayer books has the prayer, “Thank you for the world so sweet, thank you for the food we eat, thank you for the birds that sing, thank you, God, for everything! Amen!”
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!” Revelation 7:12 (NIV)
Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011