MY SON AUSTIN LOVES LEGOS! He is 12 now and for the last number of years, my son has asked for Legos® for every birthday and Christmas. He loves to build fire stations, city buildings, and superhero hideouts. One time he had his eye on a Lego set that was recommended for kids 12 and up. Austin was only 6-years-old at the time, and so I knew that it would be a big challenge for him. He wanted the set so badly that I gave in and bought it. True to form, as soon as we got home he raced to his room and started building. When my son is in “building mode,” it is all he thinks about. Eating can come later. Sleep is unnecessary. He is laser-focused on the project. After 30 minutes of struggling with a set that was clearly too difficult for him, I heard him call out across the house. “Daaaaaaaddddddd, I need your help!” I was there in a flash to help him conquer the Lego construction project. All he needed to do was call out to me.
Austin believed two important facts about his father that day. These facts are also true of our Heavenly Father. Austin believed that his father could help him, and he believed that his father would help him. The same is true of God. Prayer is calling out to our Heavenly Father when we get in over our head, believing that He can help us and He will help us. I wonder how many times I’ve missed out on His help because I did not call out through prayer.
In prayer, we learn to cooperate with God, instead of working against Him. Jennifer Kennedy Dean, the author of The Praying Life, said, “Prayer is the means by which you will be freed from your earth-bound, time-bound thinking to participate in eternity.” It’s true; we learn to see with spiritual eyes when we spend consistent and quality time in prayer. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18). God is calling each of us to a personal prayer lifestyle. The only way you can be ready for today or tomorrow is to prepare in prayer.
Prayer invites God into your moment. Preparation by praying is key to your tomorrow. So whether you are building Legos, building a business, building a marriage, building a family, or building your future, call out to your Father. He is ready to help.