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 seventeen 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 seventeen with an important reminder to turn to God for His comfort so that you can be a comfort to others.
Know God’s Comfort
“For this is what the LORD says: ‘I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees. As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.’“
Isaiah 66:12-13 (NIV)
Are there times when you have been comforted? When? What worked? Have you ever not been comforted by the efforts of someone who was trying to comfort you? Why? What things make a person’s efforts to comfort you seem real? Why? Is compassion related to comfort? How? Does a person’s experience in situations similar to yours help you to accept the comfort they offer? Why? How does the comfort offered by a person differ from the comfort that God can give? In what ways are they the same? How does the experience of God’s comfort give you hope as you pray for a child of any age to be comforted?
We live in a world filled with loss of many kinds. It is in the midst of loss, even perceived loss, that we find the need to be comforted. An uncomforted child of any age can quickly become an angry, confused, and/or hurt person that acts out in ways that are often inappropriate. When we experience sadness, God desires that we come to Him for comfort so that we would be able to comfort others with the same comfort that we have received from Him.
As you pray for a child of any age, pray that they would be open to receiving the comfort God desires for them. Pray that God would use you as an instrument of His comfort in the lives of others. Pray for the courage to look to God for comfort that exceeds the comfort the world can offer. Pray that the comfort you receive from God through His Spirit and/or through people He sends your way, would equip you to share comfort with others.