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 three 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. 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 three with an important reminder to know the mighty works of God and make them known to others.
Know the Mighty Works of God
“Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.'” Then the people bowed down and worshiped.
Exodus 12:24-27 (NIV)
What is the most spectacular thing you have ever witnessed? How often do you talk about it? Why? What is the most incredible thing God has done in your life? Who knows about it? How do they know? What have you learned from others about the mighty works of God? What have you experienced yourself? How are you sharing what you have learned with those of the next generation? Do the children around you believe in a mighty God? Does the child within you believe in a mighty God? Why? What would it take for you to be more deliberate in sharing about the mighty works of God with others?
Whether easily impressed or a skeptic at heart, most of us have difficulty in giving God credit for the mighty works He does in and around us each day. While unintentional, we often follow in the pattern of the Egyptians, and Israelites, who dismissed the early mighty works of God as irrelevant. While the mightiest work of God in our life is being saved from eternal death by the blood of Jesus, there are many other works being done by Him that we ought to also be sharing.
As you pray for a child of any age, ask God to help them be aware of the mighty works He has done, and is doing, in their life. Pray for eyes that can see the mighty works God is doing in your life. Pray for wisdom in sharing with children about the mighty works of God. Pray that your testimony about God’s mighty works would help the children around you know of God’s desire and ability to save them. Pray that the child within you would reflect the mighty work God has done.