“Did you get to see the girlies?” I asked my husband as he entered the kitchen. He had just been at the park with his huge extended family. His nine siblings, their spouses, children, and grandchildren were in town for a weekend wedding. “Yep, I saw them. And I have a message for you.” I hung on every word as he described the scene of our four-year-old granddaughter singling him out amongst the large family crowd. I could picture her big brown eyes as he imitated her in his best pre-K voice: “Pops, you gotta tell Mimi to come pick me up from school this week, okay? I go back to school tomorrow, and I need her to come get me and take me to her house to play, kay? She said I could come.”
I found myself leaning in to savor every moment of the story. It was a dialogue that made me want to run to the phone to set up our next “play date.” When you become a grandparent and your company is requested, you want to move mountains to make the date happen. As I smiled from ear to ear, I mentally flashed back to a conversation I had had with her and her two precious sisters. I told them that they could come to my house anytime and play.
Just when I thought the story was over, my husband continued, “She ran off to play with all the cousins. An hour later or more, I was leaning into their car to say goodbye and I hear from the back seat, ‘Pops! Pops!’ I looked, and there she was—strapped into her car seat, waving her one-inch index finger at me— ‘Pops! Remember!’”
This morning, with a heart of thanksgiving I found myself with my index finger up, talking to my heavenly Father: “Daddy! Remember!” When we pray, we are agreeing with what God has promised us in His Word. We agree with God and speak it in faith. We are reminding Him what He has told us. Has He forgotten? Of course not. He is God.
When we agree with what He has told us, we are telling Him that we believe Him. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. God will never deny His word and just like Isaiah 43:26 tells us, I believe that when we pray we should put the Father in remembrance of His Word. God encourages us to do so because He knows that He will always do what He has said. I promised those grandbabies fun times at my house, and it delights me when they remind me.
I love remembering with God what He has promised His children. Promises like:
Proverbs 20:29 — A man’s steps are ordered by the Lord.
Isaiah 26:3 — You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
Isaiah 30:18 — Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
Malachi 3:10 — “Bring all the tithes (the tenth) into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you (so great) a blessing until there is no more room to receive it.
Your heavenly Father listens with loving anticipation to all that you have to share with Him. What’s on your heart today?