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 nineteen 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 nineteen with an important reminder trust God to give good gifts.
Know the Goodness of God’s Gifts
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!“
Matthew 7:11 (NIV)
What is the best gift you have ever received from a person? What is the best gift you have ever given to someone? What makes a gift “good”? Have you always received what you have asked? Why? Have you ever received something better than what you asked for? Did you recognize it as better immediately, or did it take time to learn the real value of the gift? How does love influence the gifts you give and receive? When love is the motive, are the gifts you give and receive more about what is wanted or what is best? Why?
Some of the greatest gifts I have received did not seem that great at first glance. As I look back on life, I realize I have learned to trust the goodness of God’s gifts, even when I don’t understand them, because I had parents who gave of themselves out of love. We didn’t have everything that others had, and there were times when I didn’t think what I had been given measured up, but I generally understood (eventually) that the gifts given to me were both good and for my good. God makes it clear that whatever ability we have to give good gifts pales in comparison to His ability and desire to do so.
As you pray for a child of any age, ask God to help them understand the absolute goodness of His gifts. Pray that you would know the goodness of God so you can share of that goodness with others. Pray that God’s love would be expressed by you in the way you love others. Pray that you would give of your best as you represent the goodness of God to the people around you. Pray for a heart of understanding when the goodness of God’s gifts take time to recognize.