I am the Sesame Street generation. The television program mixing children with puppets, songs with spelling, and cartoons with counting, first aired when I was two-years old. I watched it every day and then raised my son watching it.
One of the favorite characters was The Amazing Mumford. He could always be counted upon to perform a magic trick to meet the need of a friend. Something always went miserably wrong each time he waved his wand and uttered the words, “Al a peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.”
Prayer isn’t like asking The Amazing Mumford to turn a duck into a cake on cue, yet that’s the only way we often use it. We go to God when there’s a problem and want Him to magically transform it into something more enjoyable to us. Sadly, if we’re not listing off our problems, we don’t have much else to say.
Prayer is the Christian’s way of communicating with God. He speaks to us on the pages of the Bible, we speak to Him in prayer. Yes, He asks us to bring Him every mess we make, but there’s much more that we can thank Him for.
God is not The Amazing Mumford. Everything God does is good and right the first time.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).