I am thrilled to welcome a special guest to the blog today—Erin Weidemann. Erin is the author of the Bible Belles books which we adore around here. And she is the mom of an adorable little girl as well. Please make Erin welcome today and be sure to check out all the great Bible Belles resources! ~ TL
Pray with Her: Open the Window and T.A.P.
I started praying for my daughter long before she came into the world. During the months before her arrival, I used to sit on my couch or a bench at the park or in the front seat of my Jeep, run my hands across my growing belly, and talk to God about all sorts of things.
Now that my daughter’s old enough, I’ve found that the quiet time we spend together really presents an amazing opportunity for me to pray with her. For us, it’s so much more than part of our bedtime routine: it’s our special time to come together and work together to grow our relationship with the Father through honest and open communication.
We lay together in her bed and talk to the Lord. I remind her that God wants to be close to us. We are His kids, and He’s waiting for us to come and talk to Him. Sometimes though, it can feel like God isn’t close because we can’t see Him. So, we created a more tangible way for us to practice talking to God and knowing that He is here with us: we made a prayer window.
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
I told her to think of it like this: When we want to pray, we can imagine that God is standing on the other side of a closed window. If we want to talk to Him, we have to open it. We have to choose to connect with Him. No matter what situation we find ourselves in, it’s easy.
We open the window and God is waiting for us on the other side. Then, we just tap the window (T-A-P) and talk to Him.
We sit together and talk about the many gifts, wonderful people, and special blessings that God has given us. He has given us a beautiful world to live in and He takes care of everything we need. We talk to Him about how grateful we are for His love, protection, and grace.
We remind ourselves that God has the answer to every question we have. No matter if we’re feeling sad, lonely, confused, or angry, we can ask Him anything. We usually take turns asking God our questions, and this gives me the chance to model openness and transparency for her.
We celebrate that God is strong and powerful. He made the world and everything in it (Psalm 89:11) and He is powerful and always faithful. We talk about being happy and excited that God is our Father, that He loves us, and that He has special and good plans for us.
We go through each of these letters every night. It doesn’t take long, and we always end up with a prayer that’s a lot more real and authentic than one committed to memory. We thank Him for what He’s done, we ask Him our questions, and we praise Him for who He is.
It’s simple, different every time, and I always walk away feeling more connected to my girl. It’s a formula that works well for us. It has helped me feel a bit more secure and equipped to handle the calling of mom because, with every prayer, I know we are growing our relationship as mother and daughter and our relationship with our Father.
A Prayer for Bravery
Heavenly Father, Thank you that you hear our prayers. Thank you for the opportunities we have to sit in the quiet and talk to You. You listen. You know our struggles, and You are with us. All we have to do is make the decision to be transparent, real, and brave to tell You what’s truly in our hearts. That our girls would see us pray like that and learn to do the same. I pray openness and honesty in every prayer that we lift up to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
I love this, don’t you? What a simple and fun way both to pray with your daughter and to teach her how to pray on her own. Thank you, Erin, for sharing with us today! And, we are excited about the fun partnership between Prayers for Girls and Bible Belles as we seek to encourage girls to understand how much God loves them and equip moms to speak biblical truth over and into their girls’ lives. Don’t forget to check out all the great books and resources at Bible Belles. When you purchase through our links, Prayers for Girls will receive a small commission which enables us to continue sharing all the great tools and tips we find.
Erin Weidemann is a teacher turned professional author. A former college athlete, Erin is also a five-time cancer survivor. She lives in Encinitas, California with her husband Brent and their daughter Rooney. In addition to being the co-founder and CEO of Bible Belles, Erin is the host of the Heroes For Her podcast.