I was reading in one of my favorite devotionals, “In Touch” from Charles Stanley, and there was an article written by Matt Woodley about prayer.  I smiled out loud as I read it because I think about how difficult a task it is to get my 4-year-old daughter to close her eyes during prayer time.  I also think about how often I pray while driving and the things that I see inspire prayers that would never have happened if I were in a dark closet with my eyes tightly shut.  I think about what it means to become like a little child and then I match the habit of open-eyed prayer of a child and there is just a missing link between adulthood and childhood.  Am I saying that we should never close our eyes for prayer?  Of course not, because the reverence that comes with closed eyes, quiet surroundings, and acknowledgement of holiness cannot be matched any other way sometimes.
    “Permit the little children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mk. 10:14).
     Eyes wide open seeing the beauty in each moment of the day.  The favorite part of your day should be appreciated in thanksgiving and praise to the God who created you (Psalm 147).  He thrives on those who fear him and revels in praise.
    “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3).
     Have a great week!