Prayer Lessons From 4-Year-Old Caleb – by Melody Mason

Not long ago a friend from Washington shared a story about his 4-year-old son, Caleb, that has a profound spiritual lesson for all of us.

As is usual with most 4-year-olds, little Caleb had gotten into trouble for disobeying and as a result had been punished.

The next day, out of the blue, he asked his father, “Daddy, am I going to disobey today?”

His father responded with a smile: “I don’t know buddy. That is up to you. I hope you don’t.”

With childlike determination, Caleb spoke decidedly, “I don’t want to disobey.”

Not long after it was time for Caleb to take his nap, so his father asked him to put away his toys. Immediately Caleb responded in a whiny voice, “But I don’t want to.”

His father then reminded him of his statement earlier about not wanting to disobey. With out missing a beat, little Caleb asked, “Daddy, can we pray?”

“Of course we can pray,” his father said.

So father and son knelt down right there, and without any prompting, Caleb asked Jesus for a new heart to help him obey. Then he got up and immediately, without complaining, put his toys away and went down for a nap.

Imagine how much better our lives would turn out if, every time we face the temptation to compromise our faith or disobey, we pray, “Dear God, please give me a new heart and help me to obey You.” It is a simple, childlike prayer, but that’s all that is required. If we pray this with sincerity of heart just like Caleb, God will answer. He will give us strength to do what is right.

Matthew 18:3, 4 says, “Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

May we learn from Caleb’s sweet example!

Melody Mason is coordinator of United in Prayer.

Note: To view this week’s prayer requests, written by Elder Ted Wilson, click here!

Practical Application: 

Surrender doesn’t have to be complicated. It just involves responding to the promptings of the Holy Spirit upon your heart. If you don’t know where to start, try this prayer:

“Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unChristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul” (Christ Object Lessons, p. 159).

Here’s another powerful thought from Inspiration:

“If we would but learn the wonderful lessons which Jesus sought to teach His disciples from a little child, how many things that now seem insurmountable difficulties would wholly disappear! When the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? … Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven'”  (Adventist Home, p. 279).

Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to learn to humble ourselves as little children. Teach us how to pray and how to obey. Teach us how to give you our will. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Promises to claim: James 4:10, Ezek. 36:26


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  • Wojtek Janiuk


  • Muimo

    Absolutely wonderful. Amen.

  • Dike Emmanuel

    Take my heart O’LORD and make it thine . Mold me and make after thy will. Help that daily I will represent you aright. Just like little Caleb help me daily not to disobey you. Amen

    • Audrey Stewart

      Amen. May we all be obedient to the call of God upon our lives. May my life be a light in this dark world.

  • Ros Farrell

    Loving Lord, please help me to develop a childlike faith in You, to know that You have the power to change my life to be obedient, kind and true, so that the love of Jesus will shed its light around those I come in contact with and to be a better witness for you. I ask this earnestly in Jesus name. Amen

    • Rosalia


  • Elaine James

    Take my heart, o Father, take it;
    Make and keep it all Thine own.
    Let Thy Spirit melt and break it,
    This proud heart of sin and stone.

    • Jenita Larmond

      Dear Lord, please create in me a clean heart so that I may be obedient. We need to listen yo your voice. Be with us your children. Give us the victory over temptations. Lead us in paths of righteousness. Amen

  • Tracey

    Lord please change my hard heart into a heart of flesh. And please continue to use this broken vessel for your glory.

  • Jeanette

    A little child shall lead them.

  • Indrah Gandih

    Amen! May God give me this inclination to depend on Him throughout.

  • Catecha Francis

    Oh, what lessons a little child could teach us! No wonder The Lord use a child to teach His disciples such a profound lesson. Lord as my fellow brethren ask, help me to have such child-like faith in you.

  • Alfred E Neuman

    Just for today Father, help us follow Jesus with a humble heart and allow us to learn as little children, how to pray, I thank you for the renewed heart and will, that you have given me, just for today, I claim the promises of James 4:10 and Ezekiel 36:26, we look forward to our private time with You tomorrow, until then we will keep smiling, knowing that Your will and strength are within us. Amen

  • Marilyn Fletcher

    What a wonderful testimony on simple faith in God, and this from a 4 year old. May we all learn to immediately turn to God in prayer when tempted to do or think wrong things

  • Eding Sevilla Dela Cruz

    Lord, please help us as family to humble ourselves, surrender our innermost self to your will and obey you in all circumstances. In Jesus mighty name. Amen!

  • Dorothy

    Take my life and let it be
    Consecrated, Lord to thee;
    Take my hands, and let them move at the At the impulse of Thy love;
    At the impulse of Thy love.

    Take my feet, and let them be
    Swift and beautiful for Thee.
    Take my voice, and let me see
    Always, only, for my King;
    Always, only, for my King.

    Take my love, my Lord, I pour
    At the Thy feet it’s treasures store;
    Take myself, and I will be,
    Ever, only, all for Thee
    Ever, only, all for Thee

  • Natasha

    I give You the highest praise Abba Father, only 5 minutes ago before I arose from my knees I repeated that exact quotation from Sis. White which I keep in my bible and repeated the same sentence as little Caleb. Because I desire to do thy will Oh my Lord. Father You work in ways Your wonders to perform. I cannot believe it. I cry in joy tonight, with a grateful heart and a meek spirit I rest in the assurance that what ever lies ahead, the power before me, is not as mighty as the power behind me. Which is the driving force to lead more souls to Thy Kingdom. Help me to do thy will. Oh how I love and adore You dear Adonai. I will forever Praise Thee with my mind, body and soul, thank You precious Jesus, for simply loving me, in Your holy name,amen.

  • Oline Solomon

    I am really blessed with all the comments and I love to asked Jesus for a humble heart for today. I pray that the Holy Spirit will help me to share with someone today.

  • Xola

    mmmmmmmmm powerful

  • Olsen

    May God help us in Jesus name 🙏

  • Richard Martin Burnett

    What a beautiful, sweet story. Just LOVED IT!!! May we ALL choose to have the faith of a child, so innocent and so sweet…Amen!!