A rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy: “So your mother says your prayers for you each night. Very commendable. What does she say?” The little boy replied, “Thank God, he’s in bed!”
Prayer is and essential part of a Christian life, so is thanking God for our blessings. We fail in both categories many times throughout our journey in this life, but where we fail the most is understanding how it affects us. We have a Father in heaven and He is as much a father to us as the one we have here on earth, or had. His feelings for us are as genuine as any earthly fathers and His wish for us to succeed is real as well.
We wouldn’t hesitate to thank our earthly father for a great blessing, nor would we not hesitate to ask from him help when it was needed. But we seem to neglect asking or giving thanks when it comes to the heavenly Father.
This begs the question, “Do we truly believe in our spiritual Father in heaven?” I know this world has become antireligion in a large part, and I know many look upon believers as being a bit off center. But isn’t that the time in every history where men stand up on the side of God. Isn’t it up to us to show the world the reality of the spiritual side of God.
It’s easy to make jokes about God and Prayer, giving thanks, and forgiving others, but the fact of the matter is we are the example of God’s work here on earth. If we don’t pray, and we don’t give Him thanks; then, there truly will be silence in heaven.