Little Boy’s Prayer

It all started last January when my children rejoiced at the news of another baby cousin.  Not a moment later, our then 3 year old piped up:  “When we having another baby, Mom?  I want a baby.”

My husband and I looked at each other, knowing that his wish was our own and had been for many months already.  “We’ll just have to pray about it, Buddy.”

Thus began an evening tradition.  Before every.single.supper our little guy would petition:

God, we thank you for a baby

because we want a baby.

We need a baby

because we like to have a baby.  Amen

Pure and persistent, he was. And confident!  (God, we THANK YOU for a baby…)

It nearly became a family joke last Easter when we sat around the dinner table at the in-laws.  Papa asked who wanted to pray and our little guy’s hand shot up lightening fast.  Stop the presses!  We had to explain before the prayer that No, we’re not expecting, but we’re sure praying about it.  And then he prayed:

God, we thank you for a baby

because we want a baby.

We need a baby

because we like to have a baby.  Amen

His little heart would not be deterred.  Not until preschool started last fall did he waiver from his prayer.  His 4 year old self found appeal in a simple, new prayer learned at school.  And we joined him:  “God is great, God is good…”

Months later, I was certain that he’d forgotten all about the baby.  But we hadn’t.

I was wrong.

Just last week we joined hands before supper, and out of the blue came his strong 4 year old voice:

God, please give us a baby.

And that was it.

Our little guy didn’t forget.

And neither did the Big Guy.

Imagine our joy and gratitude as we told our little prayer warrior and his sisters just today…

that his prayers have been answered!

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  1. Congratulations!!!!

  2. Wow, I am so happy for you! My husband has been laughing at me all week because I have baby fever – bad! I will live vicariously through you. Congrats!

  3. Congratulations, Amy! I am so happy for you and your family. It is so sweet that your little boy prayed for this baby and saw his prayers answered.

  4. Tears because I truly know how much this means for you! Congrats to all of you! What a blessing!

  5. Amy…how wonderful and exciting. I am so happy for you!
    🙂 Jennie

  6. I am so happy for you!! How exciting!

  7. WOOT, WOOT!
    So excited for you Amy! 🙂

  8. I’m SO very excited for you and your family!!!!

  9. That’s awesome!! Congratulations:-)

  10. Amy, I cried when I read this post! God is awesome….

  11. How exciting!!! God is so good!

  12. I’m so excited for you, Amy! 😀 God is so awesome!

  13. Congratulations!!

  14. Oh, I am so happy for you. There are few things as exciting as a baby. What an incredible little prayer warrior you have and what a wonderful God!

  15. I just about squealed out loud when I read this. Congratulations, Amy! What exciting, amazingly wonderful news! 🙂

  16. I’m mostly a lurker, but I just have to pipe up to say that I’m so happy for you. What a blessing and what a wonderful story.


  17. Amy, that’s fantastic! God is so good. 🙂

  18. Congrats!

  19. awww, that is such a well-written, adorable story…congratulations!!

  20. Amazing news!! Congratulations to you and your family! God is great and your little prayer warrior is adorable.

  21. Oh my goodness…I am so excited for you & your family!! God is so good & this is proof of answered prayers, even the prayers of a little child!!

  22. Congratulations, Amy! I am so happy for you. I love your son’s prayer and rejoice that it has been answered.

  23. Hooray! Now, could you please have him put a good word in for me? :>) I’d also like to hear more details on their reactions to the news! I bet they are soooo excited.

    • Yes, I need to get all the reactions written down before I forget. And absolutely, you’re on our “we want a baby” prayer list. 🙂

  24. Congratulations!

  25. Congratulations, what a wonderful story!Thanks for sharing. : )

  26. Congratulations!!! How exciting! Sounds like he’ll be a great big brother.

  27. Now THAT is a finer thing! The finest actually! Congratulations! We just found out last week we are expecting as well. I’ll be checking in on your blog to follow your sweet pregnancy! Prayers and best wishes for an easy pregnancy and a healthy, full term baby! Congrats!

  28. Congratulations! What a beautiful blessing for you and your family.

  29. Congratulations, God is so good.

  30. Congratulatons!!! Such a story of the perservance of you son. God does answer prayers!!!

  31. Oh goodness – God is so good! So excited that you have been blessed with another miracle. Enjoy every minute, I know how much this means to you!

  32. Congratulations!!

  33. I just recently found your site and subscribe to your RSS feed. What a precious experience for everyone. The new little one will truly know how much he or she was wanted. We had a similar story when we were trying to have our fourth child also. God hears our prayers – all of them – all the time! Thank you for sharing your sweet experience. 🙂

  34. Congratulations! I can’t wait to tell Uncle Daryl that another “great” is on the way!

  35. Congratulations. We have to love these children of ours and their consistent prayers. It has to make God smile so big. What a wonderful day for your family. Looking forward to updates.

  36. YAY!!! That’s so exciting! May God continue to bless you and your family as you seek to bring up another child in His ways! 🙂

  37. Aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Congratulations!!!

  38. Yay!! Babies are such a blessing and I am beyond thrilled at your news.

  39. Can you feel my giant hug through your screen right now???

    I am SO happy for ALL of you. There is no greater blessing on this earth and no finer mama to be blessed!

    I remember vividly emailing you last year to tell you I was pregnant and calling you (from the hospital!) to share gender and name. 🙂 Can’t wait to follow along as this newest bundle of joy joins your lovely family. Congrats, Amy!

  40. Congratulations! How exciting! I love the innocence and trusting of children, isn’t that why we are to become like them?

  41. So touching! As we are reminded to have “child like faith”!

  42. Congratulations!

  43. How cool Amy! And what a neat way for a little boy to realize that God is listening =) Congratulations!

  44. Congratulations on your pregnancy!

  45. Oh CONGRATULATIONS!!! I hope I can write a post like that someday soon! I hope you have an awesome pregnancy!!!

  46. CONGRATS!! So exciting!!

  47. Oh wow, so great!!! Did the kiddos flip? What a blessing and such a great testament. God is so great!!

    Ps- this totally explains the mopping post 😉 just teasing… 🙂

  48. Tears in my eyes. What a great post and CONGRATULATIONS!!! How awesome is our God!

  49. What wonderful news!! I knew this was what you wanted!! Congratulations!

  50. Oh, what a fantastic story!!! Congratulations on your blessing!

  51. This is great news! Congrats! 🙂 Loved the blog and the little prayers. I love hearing my kids praying. Their little prayers that make us chuckle YET the Lord hears them!

  52. Wonderful news, congratulations!!

  53. Jeanette says:

    Amy, I’m going to call on Luke when I need a prayer answered 🙂 Truly wonderful news !

  54. YAY!!

  55. My kids have all prayed, “Thank you God for “so-and-so” to get better”…they thank God while they’re asking, just like your boy. It has always been the SWEETEST thing and a true testimony to childlike faith. It challenges me.

    ANYWAY…you can’t see me, but I’m doing a happy dance in my living room. I am so thankful for this new baby on the way! Thank you God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. Olathe mom says:

    What a beautiful testimony. Blessings.

  57. Congrats!

  58. Jennifer says:

    Congratulations! I actually thought you had that “glow” about you in the picture you posted lasted Friday!

  59. Congrats!!!! What wonderful news.

  60. Wonderful news! Yay!!!!

  61. Congrats Amy!! Love answered prayer like that!

  62. Oh how precious!! And congrats!! 🙂 So excited for you!

  63. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and your family!

  64. Congratulations! What a beautiful post – made me tear up. Children are such a blessing – sounds like you have one of the most beautiful little 4 year-olds on the planet.


  65. That’s such a sweet little prayer. I adore this post. Celebrating joyfully with you!

  66. Congrats!!!!

  67. Ah, this made me tear up! I love the prayers of children, so honest and pure!

    And He was listening! Congratulations!

  68. Yaaay! What an awesome story. God is good!

  69. Yay!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I love that your little boy was so persistent his prayers and God answered his plea. What a awesome testimony for you children to see that God does answer prayers and on his timetable, not ours. Love this story.


  71. Aw, what a sweetie! Congratulations!

  72. CONGRATULATIONS!!! How sweet is it that your son prayed every day for a little baby?!?! Too precious!! : )

  73. Praise the Lord! God is so good! Congratulations!!! What a sweet little boy you have!

  74. Yayyy!!! Congratulations!!

    The prayers of children are powerful. Could you have them pray for me to have another baby??!!


  75. Aww, that is so wonderful! Congradulations! There is nothing that compares to the blessing of a new child 🙂

  76. Catherine says:

    The power of prayer is truly amazing! Congratulations! 🙂

  77. Congratulations!!

  78. Great news! Congratulations…I know how much this means to you & how very much this baby will be loved by all! God is Good!!! So, you have to answer some questions 🙂
    How are you feeling? When are you due?

    • As long as I sleep about 18 hours a day and eat away the other 6 hours, I’m good. 🙂 Due the middle of September… right in the middle of football!

  79. Sooooo excited for you!! Congratulations on this precious gift from God!

  80. I love it! We’re having a baby girl in 6 weeks and our little 2 year old boy says baby, baby all day long. Children are such a blessing, even our surprise little girl. Congrats, Amy.

  81. Amy, it’s been such a blessing for me to share in this journey with you. I am so thrilled God has answered our prayers for you. I’ll be praying for you all through this pregnancy, that all would go well and He would give you a happy, healthy little person to bring y’all joy.

    Much love,

  82. Wonderful news!! Congratulations! Never underestimate the power of prayer!!

  83. Congratulations Amy! More proof that our prayers do get answered, even if it takes a while! Blessing to you and your family.

  84. That made me cry, Amy! Not only for the pregnancy but the beautiful prayer. God has an extra special place in His heart for the prayers of children.

  85. Congrats!

  86. Congratulations! I am so happy for you! Faith of a child; we as adults need more faith like that. Faith as small as a mustard seed can grow big things! Why do we forget that so easily.

  87. Okay, this may be the best announcement post EVER! This mommy is sitting here crying because of your story 🙂 Aren’t pregnancy hormones fun? We are expecting baby 2 in June and are so excited for you and your family.

    What a wonderful little man you are raising! It is precious seeing little ones develop their own faith, isn’t it? Congrats to you all.


  88. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. I can’t wait to hear your pregnancy stories.

  89. Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you and your family… I also love your posts. Can’t wait for more

  90. CONGRATULATIONS! I have tears in my eyes!! God is GREAT!!! Here’s to a happy & healthy 9 months!!!!

  91. Wow, I teared up when I read that! congratulations!

  92. Congratulations!! God is so good..I am so happy for you and your family!

  93. Congratulations!!!

  94. What a beautiful blessing! I had chills reading the end of your post. Congratulations to you and your family. I bet the little guy will be thanking God everyday for the little brother or sister he is about to meet.

  95. Congratulations to you and your family Amy! What a blessing! What a sweet victory in the power of prayer! Utmost blessings to you all! GOD IS GOOD! 😀

  96. Out of the mouth of babes! Congratulations to you and the family!

  97. Awesome story and awesome news! Best wishes to your family.

  98. Congratulations, that was ssssooo cute!

  99. Congratulations Amy!! I’m so thrilled for you and your family.

  100. OH MY GOSH what a sweet, sweet, precious memory to have and to share! Congratulations! I’m in my 34th… 35th? I’ve lost count… week and although it’s a lot of aches and pains (man alive is it ever!) we are so looking forward to meeting boy #3 next month!


    What a sweet prayer and memory of your little boy! 🙂 That is definitely a finer thing! 🙂

    God is good all the time! 🙂

  102. I’m so thrilled for you! What blessing!

  103. Congratulations!!! Praise the Lord! I know your journey has led to this!! What a beautiful story and no better way to show how God answers our prayers!!

  104. Isn’t God good?! This brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing.

  105. Congratulations! Wow, God is so good isn’t He? The faith of a child… 🙂

  106. Amy – I just caught up in my reader and saw this 🙂 So very thrilled for you!

    The name ‘Mama’ is such a privilege, isn’t it? 🙂 I’m ecstatic you’ll get to hear it again from a new little voice!


  107. The faith of children is always so humbling. How awesome for him to have his MANY prayers answered – congratulations. 🙂

  108. What a beautiful post. The power of prayer is truly amazing! Congratulations!

  109. Amy-
    I’ve never commented but I subscribe to your blog via email… Wow! Congratulations!! What a wonderful, beautiful blessing.. God is so good.

  110. Allean C says:

    Congratulations, Amy! I am so happy for you and your family. Your son is a great example for us all that we must pray with ceasing because God does hear and answer our prayers. Thanks so much for the encouragement. Be Blessed…:-)

  111. Congratulations, Amy! That’s so exciting!!!

  112. Congratulations!

  113. Congrats! What a blessing!

  114. Congratulations to you!!!! What a beautiful story!

  115. I don’t know how I missed this yesterday. But, congratulations!!!! Yeah!

  116. Hooray!!! BIG Congrats girl!!!


  117. Praise God! Congratulations on your sweet little poppyseed-sized blessing!

  118. That is so, so sweet! Congratulations, Amy!

  119. stephanie says:

    Amen! Thank the Lord for answered prayers. Congratulations.

  120. A great prayer, and congrats. Bet he is over the moon!

  121. Michelle H. says:


  122. Sweet, sweet, sweet! So happy for you- thanks for sharing in such a special way.

  123. Congratulations! God is SO faithful. How awesome is it for your children to KNOW that God answers prayer!
    Blessings on the journey!

  124. This is the sweetest thing I’ve read in a long time!! What a blessing our little ones are! Congrats! I’m prego as well – expecting Baby #2 in July! 🙂 Love your blog, btw!

  125. Congratulations!! May you have a healthy and happy nine months!

  126. Wow. Wow. Wow. Such a sweet, sweet blessing to get to share with your little prayer warrior. It reminds me of what my little gal would tell everyone who asked if she had any siblings. She’d answer, “No, but I pray for one everyday.” I was overjoyed to get to hear her adjusted answer of “Yes, and it’s bc I asked God for one.” Love the simplicity of the way it all makes sense to these precious little people.

  127. What a beautiful way to share such beautiful news! CONGRATULATIONS!!

  128. How precious! This post has made me cry…I’m fighting it.


  129. Congratulations, Amy! So I am super-behind-the-times just catching up with old news in my Google Reader. I am very happy for you! I wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy!

  130. Congratulations.

    Nice Photo BTW. 🙂

  131. Corrie J. says:

    So happy for you! Congratulations!

  132. Our first child asked for a baby for our family from the time she learned to speak (which was already many months after we’d begun praying). We told her many times that Jesus is the one who gives babies. . . let’s ask Him. One day during potty training, she told me she wanted “Mommy go to heaven.” What?!? After many questions and some confusion on my part, she expanded, “Mommy, go to heaven. Jesus give Mommy baby!”

    Short version of the story; 17 months after she began praying, our second daughter was born and God made her ours through adoption! What joy it was to tell our first that Jesus was answering her prayer and we were leaving to get her baby sister! And the love between our 4 1/2 year old and our 1 1/2 year old is amazing. =)

  133. This story reminds me so much of my own. One day on the way home from church when my son was five, almost six, he had told me of the story of Hannah they’d done in Sunday school, and he said Mom, maybe if we really pray hard, we can have another baby. I smiled a knowing smile, and said hmm, that sounds like a very good idea. I was about 2 months pregnant at the time, with his little sister, who is now 11.

  134. That is sooo cute! And congratulations!

  135. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Thats a pretty sweet picture. Did your son prayed every day for a little baby?!?! 🙂


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