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-seven 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-seven with an important reminder to live as children of the light.
Live In the Light
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.“
Ephesians 5:8-10 (NIV)
What things do you typically associate with light? How about with darkness? Why? Which do you prefer? Why? Do you know children who are afraid of the dark? Are you one of those children? What things help to dispel, or at least lessen, that fear? Do you always want light to expose everything that is hidden? Why? Does being reminded that the light will always expose things hidden by darkness influence the choices you make when it appears no one is watching? Why? How does God’s love make being exposed by His light a desired thing?
Many children are afraid of the dark because it hides the reality of a safe environment, and may even contain unseen dangers. When we live as children of the light, we allow God’s light to assure us of the safety He provides and to reveal to us the dangers of the world we live in. Even while the light may expose our sin, we can be confident that God’s love is great enough to offer forgiveness and restoration when we turn to Him. Choosing to walk in the light not only helps us to see where we are going, that choice serves to remind us that we don’t walk this life alone.
As you pray for a child of any age, ask God to help them pursue a life that is lived in the light of His Word. Pray that you would trust God enough to seek His light both for clarity and correction. Pray that you would know true freedom from living in the light and that you would apply that freedom to those who need to move from darkness into light. Pray for the courage to change when God’s light exposes that need. Pray for humility as you shine God’s light without condemnation.