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 thirty 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 thirty with an important reminder to know the greatness of God and then live according to His definition of greatness.
Know the Greatness of God
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.“
1 John 4:4 (NIV)
What makes a person great in the eyes of the world? In your eyes? In God’s eyes? What ways are those responses similar or different? Why? Do you believe greatness comes from a person’s physical body or from something inside them? Explain. Has your view of what makes a person great changed from when you were a child? In what ways? Have others ever considered you greater than you view yourself? What do they see that you don’t? How will knowing God’s greatness, and seeing it in His children, change the way you live?
Ask most people what makes a person great and you will likely receive as many answers as the number of people you ask. Some view greatness based on physical, mental, or even social ability. Others see it as a product of the influence you have on people. God actually defines His view of greatness when He says, “Whoever would be greatest of all must become servant of all.” When God’s Spirit lives within us, not only should we recognize the greatness of God but we ought to be exhibiting that greatness as we serve others. When we view God from the eyes of His child, we find the greatness that we need.
As you pray for a child of any age, ask God to help you recognize His greatness dwelling within people. Pray for the courage to understand greatness from God’s perspective. Pray that you would be an example to the children around you as you live in God’s greatness by serving others. Pray for the humility to serve God, and serve people, when the world wants to convince you that you ought to be served by others. Pray for a child-like heart that can see the greatness of God.