By Sandy Spagnolo
In the month of September, our church was called to prayer and fasting for 21 days. We met in church every evening from 7pm to 9pm. During that time we would meet and read a portion of scripture on our own, and then we would split up into groups and discuss what we learned or what touched us from the Scripture.
I had the honor of being with the children each night and what a blessing it was! At least 10 to 15 children were present every single night for those 21 days. Those who were old enough to read would interact with the younger children and tell us what they learned or what touched them about the verses they read. They also had a lot of questions, which is a good thing! We were able to get intimate and share with each other. Just seeing their sincerity about learning the scriptures blew me away!
Little People, Big Struggles
The children have real life struggles at school. They deal with being made fun of, being bullied because of their faith, peer pressure and not having friends at times. It’s rough out there! I remember being in school at their age but we didn’t have to face the things they face today. Such as broken homes, different religious beliefs, stress, rejection and the list goes on.
Many of them told me about the classmates that they have witnessed to. Some of them spoke openly in front of their class on the subject of their faith and some shared how they stand up for what they believe and do what’s right instead of following the crowd. These kids are the REAL DEAL! When they say they will pray for you, they will. Every Sunday morning their prayer requests for their friends or family are always shared and we pray together for them. They NEVER forget to share their burdens and prayer requests with one another.
Jesus Loves The Little Children ….
During the prayer time for those 21 days, not one child ever complained about being in church, being bored or complained about having to go to school the next day. They just loved being there. Yes, at times they were running around and having fun, but they were in the house of God, watching and learning from us adults!!!
Jesus spoke the following verses in Matthew 18:3-5
3 And He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in My name welcomes Me.
What can we learn from these verses? Children are sincere in their faith and they believe and obey without question. Sometimes we adults question too much because we allow our intellect to get in the way of our faith. Children also easily forgive others and are humble, they make friends quickly and don’t judge and they don’t complain. May we complain less and love more without measure! And just like the children feel free to run in the Father’s house without worry, we need to let go and trust God without worry about our circumstances too.
Just like our children don’t carry their burdens but trust parents to carry them, we must let go of our burdens and have our Heavenly Father carry them! Then and only then will we be able to run free and praise Him and live for Him as we should!
Are you ready to trust God with childlike innocence?