Today, in the 21 Days of Prayer for Sons challenge, we prayed scripture prayers regarding Patience over our sons.
I decided to share my morning prayer time with my son this morning while he bathed. As I introduced him to our prayer topic for today, I mentioned we would be praying prayers for patience for him and for all of us.
Here is how the conversation ensued:
"Son, you see, we are going to pray for patience..."Unbelievable, the conversations you can have with a five-year-old.
"Patience like a bear?" (We have recently been watching a nature show about bears.)
"I guess so. Yes, I think bears have patience."
"Yes, mom, they have patience for they pray."
"Bears pray? Oh, well, I guess you could be right. Maybe they do pray."
"No, mom, I said they have patience while they wait for their PREY. You know, the animals they eat are their prey. They have patience while they wait to attack them and eat them."
"Oh, yes, then you are right. They surely do have to have patience to find and get their prey at just the right time."
And, believe it or not, I did draw some parallels with his little scenario.
We have many little enemies that come at us as a result of the bigger enemy. Once we recognize certain enemies as being regular and familiar in our lives, we can begin to not only be on the lookout for them in order to defend ourselves from them, but we can also switch to the offensive tactic of stalking them patiently as if they are our prey. With God's guidance, strength, wisdom, and complete assistance, we can have the patience of a bear and stalk and attack our prey so that we are no longer its prey. Our former stalker(s) can become a footstool at our feet as opposed to us being trampled by the enemy.
The LORD says to my lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.” (Psalm 110:1)
So, I charge you today,
in the words of my five-year-old son,
to go out and pray to have
the patience of a bear
as you stalk and defeat your prey!