God, in His loving grace and mercy, wants to bless us with everything He has. He wants us to witness miracles in our lives. He wants us to make connections with heaven. And that only comes as we let go of what we think we can do on our own and rely more heavily on what He can do for us every day.
Going back to a personal experience with my son, after “swimming” one time without his floaters and with the assistance of an aunt nearby, he is now confident that he knows how to swim. He fights me about putting on his floaters. He thinks he can swim the length of the pool—and then some—on his own. But he can’t. I know he can’t. He hasn’t had enough lessons and practice. He still needs the lift that his floaters provide.
Similarly, prayer provides that heavenly lift in our lives to protect us from the rough waters of life and give us the confidence and float we need to sail through the calm waters as well. We never know when the seas will change. We never know when things will get deep, when we’ll have to stretch and gasp and plead for heaven’s help to avoid sinking. And that’s why we communicate with God. Prayer is like our floaters. Through it, God provides the lift we need, the power we can’t always see, and the peace that comes in knowing God has a plan for me and personal growth is key.
Prayer has a purpose. Prayer is a privilege. And prayer is powerful. I’ve seen too many miracles in my life to deny that. Like my son, I think I can do things on my own, but I can’t do all things. Like my son, I need lift to stay above water when the crazy, calm, and chaos of life hit.
So, in this world filled with so much uncertainty, fear, and darkness, a daily connection with heaven brings hope, light, and love. At least for me it does. And that’s why as I prepare to head out to do a million and one things this morning, I’m starting my day with a prayer. Because Heavenly Father, “I do need you.” Always.