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 fourteen 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 fourteen with an important reminder to know, and tell of, God’s faithfulness.
Know Godly Discipline
“The living, the living–they praise you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about your faithfulness.“
Isaiah 38:19 (NIV)
Who is the most faithful person you know? What makes them that way? Have you ever changed your opinion of how faithful someone was? Why? Do you believe in God’s faithfulness? What specific things have influenced your level of belief? Are there things that you do that would help or hinder the view others have of the faithfulness of God? What? Who did you learn about faithfulness from? Who is learning about faithfulness from you? What are they learning?
In a world where promises are often broken without thought, it can be difficult for a child of any age to grasp the absolute faithfulness of God. Experience with people has taught us to be skeptical and just because someone kept their word once, it doesn’t mean they will keep it again. That is why the telling of our stories of God’s faithfulness in our life is so critical. We need reminded, and the children around us need reminded, that God has been faithful in our past and His nature, along with our experience, will teach us about His continued faithfulness. Your story of God’s faithfulness needs to be shared and heard.
As you pray for a child of any age, ask God that they would always know of His faithfulness. Pray that you would find ways to share the lessons you have learned of God’s faithfulness. Pray that God would help you to be a more faithful person so that the children around you would have a visible example of what faithfulness looks like. Pray for the courage to tell your stories of God’s faithfulness. Pray that God would help you to learn from the testimonies of others.