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 twenty 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 twenty with an important reminder to know, believe, and trust the things God has revealed through His Son, His Word, and His Spirit.
Accept What God Has Revealed
“At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.’“
Matthew 11:25 (NIV)
What are some things that you find difficult to understand that seem easy for others? How about things that are easy for you yet others struggle with? Why? Have you ever been in a group where it seems everyone except you understands something that is going on? How did it feel? How do you feel when you learn a “secret” that opens up a pathway to greater understanding? Are you likely to share that knowledge with someone else who is struggling to understand the same thing, or keep it to yourself? Why?
In my hobby of wildlife photography, it is often someone’s willingness to reveal location information that leads me to be able to photograph a specific animal I am looking for. Most of the time, though, that information only comes when I admit I don’t know everything and ask for help. I suspect it is an element of pride that keeps the things of God hidden from the “wise and learned” even as those things are revealed to those with the faith of a child. When we trust the “inside information” that comes from God’s Word and His Spirit, we open our hearts to a greater understanding of the things of God.
As you pray for a child of any age, ask that God would help them have a greater understanding of His kingdom and righteousness. Pray that they would be open to God revealing Himself in ways they understand. Pray for the humility to go to God with the child-like faith He requires. Pray for an understanding of the things of God that would exceed that of those who think themselves to be wise. Pray that you would be generous in sharing with others about all that God has revealed.