Have you ever sat back and thought about your childhood prayers? Have you heard that song Unanswered Prayers by Garth Brooks? In my life I can’t think of one that has not been answered. Maybe God does not like that Country music theology.
God, I want to be a Daddy someday. – Me @ around five.
I have two kids. A daughter and a son. We hope to have more.
God, I want to be a pastor. – Me @ around six.
I’ve been a youth pastor, church planting lead pastor, & currently am a pastor to families & children.
God, I want to be rich. – Me @ around seven.
I’m part of the richest 1% globally. P.S. If you make over 34K a year then you are part of the richest 1%. I just do not happen to be part of the richest 1% of Americans.
God, I want to marry a girl like the redheaded girl on Charlie Brown. – Me @ around eight.
I married Olivia nearly eight wonderful years ago. Her red hair and beauty is beyond my ability to describe.
God, I want to work on computers. – Me @ around nine.
I work as an IT Director in a small non-profit.
God, I want to understand why my world is upside down. – Me @ around ten.
I moved as a nine year old kid and my life turned upside down. That event shaped me to relate to those who struggle with uncertainty.
God, I want to know all that there is to know. – Me @ around eleven.
I became a veracious and various reader. I graduated college. Nearly finished with my long overdue Masters. Still working on learning all there is to know. Learning in this life is but a prequel to eternity.
God, I want to be a writer and a poet. – Me @ around twelve.
You are reading my blog. Feel free to search for the poetry.
God, why don’t you answer me? I want you to exist. – Me @ around thirteen.
I wandered away from God. He never wandered away from me. For the next four years I do not remember praying to God though I used the title god rather vainly and loosely. Most often while swearing or complaining.
god, I want to go home. – Me @ around fourteen.
I moved back to my childhood home. I moved in with my grandmother that loved me as a son. I learned home is created by love not location or memories.
god, I want to fit in. – Me @ around fifteen.
I learned to sojourn. I learned then I do not need to fit in yet I now have a extended family and Church family that fits well.
god, I want to be smarter that I am. – Me @ around sixteen.
I learned to study and work through my learning challenges. I have no disabilities only challenges to overcome. I’m still not in my mind a very smart person, but I can play the part on occasion. I have also learned a bit of wisdom over the last thirty years.
God, if you exist save me. – Me @ around seventeen.
I sojourn with Jesus.
God, I want to go wherever you would have me to go. – Me @ around eighteen.
Still sojourning and going.
God, I want to know you. – Me @ around nineteen.
Still sojourning and still wanting to know him more.
God has answered all my prayers that I can remember. He never did it in my timing or often in the way that I initially wanted, yet he has always answered my prayers.
What are you childhood prayers? How were yours answered? Have they been answered yet?