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-three 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-three with an important reminder to live as God’s child.
Live As God’s Child
“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.“
John 1:12-13 (NIV)
What are some values, qualities, expectations, or characteristics that represent the family you belong to? How well do you reflect them? Are there attributes that others see in your life that identify you as coming from a specific family? How would you describe God? What are His characteristics that you appreciate the most? What are some benefits that you normally expect to experience as part of a family . . . especially as a child in that family? What does living as God’s child mean to you in terms of both responsibility and privileges? Why?
Like it or not, people that know your parents tend to have certain expectations of you based on whose child you are. When we claim God as our Father, people who know God, and even those who don’t, have certain expectations of what a child of God should live like. But it is not just people. As you read God’s Word you find He has set forth the standard for how a child of God ought to live. Living as God’s child gives us a combination of great responsibility and great privilege. When people observe how we live, there ought to be a family resemblance to our Father.
As you pray for a child of any age, ask God to assure them of their value as His Child. Pray that you would live as a godly example of what a child of God should look like. Pray for the humility to lead others toward a life that seeks to imitate Jesus in both attitude and action. Pray that each child would know the joy of living as the child of a Father who loves them beyond measure. Pray that God’s presence would be seen in each of His children, including you.