The Heart of a Child: Know a Compassionate Father

Praying for children has been heavy on my heart during this current season of school and church buildings being 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 ten 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 ten with an important reminder that regardless of our examples on earth, our Father in heaven is a compassionate father.

Know a Compassionate Father

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.
Psalm 103:13-14 (NIV)

In your mind, how well do the words father and compassion go together?  Why?  Have you experienced compassion from an earthly father?  How does that influence your view of compassion from God?  Why do you need compassion?  Why do you need to show compassion?  When you are suffering for any reason, how comforting is it to have someone who understands the pain you feel?  How does the compassion you show others help them to believe more fully in a Father who longs to be compassionate toward them?  How does God’s compassion temper His judgment? 

Compassion is one of the qualities that flow from the Father to those who fear Him.  It is His understanding of our suffering, and His suffering with us, that keeps the fear we ought to have from becoming a terrifying thing.  When a child of any age suffers, it is a comforting thing for them to know the compassion of a loving Father.  As those who represent the nature of God to others, we have the privilege of not only receiving that compassion, but also of sharing it with so many others who suffer in this life.

As you pray for a child of any age, ask God to make His compassion obvious to them.  Pray that they would know that they do not suffer alone.  Pray for wisdom in how God would have you share in their suffering.  Pray for those whose fathers on earth have not been the examples of compassion that they should have been.  Pray that the compassion received from a heavenly Father would lead to our having compassion for one another.

In prayer,