We are to be childlike in our prayer. Why would Jesus say this to adults? He said he wanted us to be open, playful and humble. Children thirst to listen, learn and be joyful. They believe in mystery and they have boundless energy. We too can be like this. Jesus encourages us to be like children. However, He does not ask us to be childish. Childish behaviors do not lend us to being loving, faithful and joyous.