How children experience prayer
This week I focussed on different kinds of fellowship especially the importance of our connection to God.
If I just look closely at our children during our family prayer times, I can see how relaxed they are with God; especially our eight-year-old. Then I think about my upbringing in a strict religious home. It is so different from what I see in my children, however, I was taught good moral values. The only difference is that I did not know Jesus Christ personally.
Again, I must say children are also individuals, uniquely created with an individual purpose to serve God accordingly, but children need role models. They need to see and hear their parents communicating with God and living up to the standards of God’s word. When I got born again, as Jesus taught Nicodemus in John 3, I had a mentor teaching me about the word of God and how to fellowship with God and I was so comfortable with her way of serving God. Children need to hear their parents talking about the goodness of the Lord, how He loves us, and also what is wrongful in His eyes.
Children react freely and in a unique manner in prayer and do not use religious language like most adults do. I believe they stir the heart of God and most of all, make Him smile sometimes as they tend to tell or ask the funniest things, yet serious. I recall a time during teaching, a learner prayed that morning for one of our teachers who was not strict enough with learners and had many disciplinary problems. Children like to pray for things they observe daily and even what they see on television.
It is good for children to have their own bible, with bigger font and colorful pictures. It strengthens their relationship with God, like a personal connection.
When they pray, they believe and leave it in God’s capable hands, unlike adults who keep on worrying about things they pray about. You can hear the sincerity in their voices when praying.
Therefore we cannot enter into God’s kingdom unless we become like children.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Let our children go out into the fields our God has prepared for them.