Years ago, I drove a minivan, primarily because I had three very young children at the time. My baby was only three months old. She sat in the middle row of the van, and then my older children were 6 and 4 years old and they shared the third row in the van. I had just picked them up from school so it was approximately 4pm. My 6-year-old son was in kindergarten and my 4-year-old girl was in preschool. As I was driving home, the two older children were kicking each other in the back seat and pulling each others’ hair and poking each other. The noise was escalating, as well as my patience. I was telling them to stop in every form and fashion that I could muster while driving, but I couldn’t reach them because they’re in the back row.
I didn’t know what to do because they weren’t listening, and then the baby started to cry. So, I grabbed the steering wheel and I said prayed out loud (POL), “Oh Lord, You have to help me. I have to go home with these three kids, and I’m outnumbered. Please do something to give me the strength to make it through this night.” And right then, in the rear view mirror, I saw my son nudge my 4-year-old daughter and say, “Emilee! We’d better stop it. Mom just got God involved.”
Getting God involved is the purpose of prayer. Prayer means that we include God, even if it’s in a time of crisis that you need to pray out loud. At that moment, we know that some how our prayers reaches heaven and God intervenes just by speaking His name. ——TL Adamson