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 sixteen 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 sixteen with an important reminder to know the peace that God promises which surpasses all understanding.
“All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children’s peace.“
Isaiah 54:13 (NIV)
What is peace? How much of it do you have? Why? What is the source of your peace? Explain. When is it most difficult for you to feel at peace? When do you most need to know peace? Are those two times related? How? Does peace mean that all conflict has been removed from your life? Explain. What role does the teaching from God’s Word have in helping you experience peace in the midst of conflict? Does your usual demeanor help others experience peace? Why? How does the peaceful demeanor of others help you to know peace in difficult circumstances?
Since Jesus said we would have trouble in this world, I have to believe the peace He promises is something different than simply a lack of conflict. In fact, He tends to shine most brightly in our life when we learn to live with His peace in the midst of the difficulties we find ourselves in. If we want to help others know real peace, we must begin with accurate teaching from God’s Word. But it is not enough to simply teach it, we must live it in such a way that the children around us would know what true peace is because they can see it in us as we live for Christ.
As you pray for a child of any age, ask God to help them know the peace that can only come from Him. Pray that they would see that peace lived out in your life as you trust God in the midst of conflict. Pray that your accuracy in sharing the truth of God’s Word would lead to a greater peace in your life and in the lives of those around you. Pray that you would seek to end and resolve all conflict even as you live with peace in the midst of it.