A friend of mine said she prays that her children will really play well together. That they will be best friends as they get older.
What a novel idea! I should do that. But I don't. When they are fighting, that isn't my first response. Usually, I cup my almost four year old's little jaw in my hand and squeeze it, not enough to hurt, but enough to get his attention. Then I threaten him through my clenched teeth: "If you do not play nicely with your little sister, I will take away your K-9 power ranger."
But I should try to pray first. Actually, I should probably do it always. Assume a posture of prayer, so to speak. I know that prayer should not be something that I check off a to do list. It should be a consistent, fervent conversation with God. I need change in this area. So often I simply say Hail Mary type prayers--the kind I lob up to God as I'm careening through my day. I think God wants more than the following: "God, please let my regular set of car keys be in the jeans pocket of the jeans I wore two days ago because the spare set of keys I used yesterday (when I couldn't find my regular set) are locked in the car!" I think . . . okay, I know, prayer should be different.