Prayer – a parent and child relationship by Camy Tang

At church, our pastor is starting a series on the Lord’s Prayer, and he started with an overview of prayer. Something that really struck me was the reasoning behind the five different parts of the Lord’s Prayer – Adoration, Submission, Petition, Confession, Protection.

Our pastor gave an example of how sometimes when teenagers are off to college, they only call home when they need money. (Yes, I was guilty of that, too!) After a while, that gets irritating to the parents since their kid only thinks of them as a bank.

But when we only pray petition type prayers to God, that’s kind of the same thing. We’re only ever asking Him for stuff. I had never realized the parallels between my prayers and how I used to only ask my parents for things.

A solid parent-child relationship is built on more than just provision. There is love, humility, forgiveness, and protection on both sides, from parents and children.

I want a solid relationship with God, and so my prayers should reflect that. So hopefully this week I’ll work on developing more of a relationship with God in my prayer life.

marblecross_bderksen_pickmonkeyblueRelated to that, how can I pray for you? I created a form for you to fill out your prayer requests to protect your privacy. Please let me know how I can pray for you!

About Camy Tang/Camille Elliot

Camy writes romantic suspense as Camy Tang and Regency romance as USA Today bestselling author Camille Elliot. She is a staff worker for her church youth group and leads one of the Sunday worship teams. Visit her websites at and to read free short stories and subscribe to her quarterly newsletter.
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