Praying for children has been heavy on my heart during this current season of schools and churches closed with the need for social distancing, self isolation, and stay at home orders. I pray often that families will be able to shield children to some extent from the negative emotions that cling to this COVID-19 pandemic. This is day two of the devotions from my “The Heart of a Child” book to help each of us pray for a child of any age, including our age.
How can my prayers for my children be more effective? What does God want for my child? What does God want for me as His child? What qualities should I grow in to become more like the child God created me to be? How would my prayer life change if I consistently approached God with the confidence of being His child? Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you understand, and live, some important traits of living and praying with the heart of a child.
Here is day two with an important reminder to see yourself and the children around you as being a gift from God.
A Gift From God
Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked. Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”
Genesis 33:5 (NIV)
What makes a gift most valuable to you; the item itself or the one who gave it? Why? Have you ever received something that you didn’t want or didn’t know what to do with, but later came to realize its value as you began to understand the purpose of the giver? Explain. Do you know a child of any age that feels less valuable than the people around them? Is that child sometimes you? Why? How does what others believe about you change what you believe about yourself? How would having people recognize that every child is a gift from God change the way children of any age see themselves?
I have a very valuable collection of items on my shelves and window sill at work. Yet, when my office was broken into several years ago, not one of those items were taken. It is not until I tell the stories behind each gift that others begin to understand the value of both the item and the giver. In a similar way, I believe it is not only important that every child recognizes that they are a gift from God, but that we are more deliberate in seeing the life of everyone, including our self, as a gift from God.
As you pray for a child of any age, ask God to help you see them as His gift. Pray that each person would see their life as a gift from God. Pray for the wisdom needed to help others see children as God’s gift. Ask God to help the children you are praying for know that they are valuable to Him and that He has created them to be valuable to others. Pray that we would value one another based on the One who has given them rather than on what they can or cannot do.