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 eighteen 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 eighteen with an important reminder find hope for the future through a complete trust in God.
Have Hope For the Future
“Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded,” declares the LORD. “They will return from the land of the enemy. So there is hope for your future,” declares the LORD. “Your children will return to their own land.“
Jeremiah 31:16-17 (NIV)
How do you feel when you think about your own future? Does that answer change based on the length of time you define “future” as being? Why? When you think of the future that the children of today will face, how hopeful are you? Why? What role does faith have in your level of hope? What is it that you’re really asking God to provide when you pray that a child of any age would have hope for the future? How can you be more involved in helping others see Jesus as the only real hope for both now and the future?
Hope seems to be one of those words that either has great meaning or no meaning depending on how we define it. Some of our “hopes” are no more than wishful thinking and we know it. But when we place our hope in the promises of God, we find a confidence in the future that comes through faith in a God who views eternity as easily as we view a single moment. It is in Christ that hope for the future exists. That means a huge part of our prayers regarding hope for the future must center on people living in relationship with Jesus. It is this hope that not only helps us now, but prepares us for eternity.
As you pray for a child of any age, pray that they would know a hope that is more than wishful thinking. Pray that they would allow God to open their heart and mind to the wider view of eternity that allows them to see beyond today’s struggles. Pray that your hope would be centered with confidence in the promises of God so that your message of hope to others would be believable. Ask God to help each person you are praying for cling to an everlasting hope that cannot be taken away.