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-one 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-one with an important reminder to let God’s truth be your guide for every aspect of life.
Know the Greatness of God
“It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.“
3 John 1:3-4 (NIV)
How do you determine what is true? Is there a difference between knowing what is true and walking in the truth? Explain. How truthful are you? Would the people who know you the best agree? Would God agree? Why? How much effort do you put into pursuing truth? Does your pursuit of truth inspire others to seek God’s truth? How do you feel when those you have instructed no longer live in the way they were taught? Why? Does your life bring joy to the people who shared the truth of God with you?
In a culture that seems to thrive on half-truths, deceptions, and straight out lies, choosing to walk in the truth can be a very lonely path. As children of God, His desire is that we would not only know His truth, but that we would apply it and live it in everything we do. Our adherence to the truth of God’s Word sets an example that those being born into Christ will take notice of. Just as we want people to accept the instruction we give them, we rob God of joy when we choose to not walk in the truth that He has given. Our greatest joy can be had when we see people walking in truth because of our example.
As you pray for a child of any age, ask God to help you examine how diligently you pursue His truth. Pray for the courage to proclaim Jesus as “the way, the truth, and the life” in a world that rejects absolute truth. Pray that your obedience to the truth would bring joy to those you have learned from. Pray that the children around you would learn of God’s truth from both your words and your actions. Pray that you would be filled with joy as you see children walking in the truth.