The Prayer of a Child

This week I was asked by my pastor to help with responsibilities of caring for his three little foster girls while him and his wife were going out of town for a conference. I was honored to be asked and humbled by their trust in me to care for their precious little ones. As I prepared for my time with them I had no idea how they would impact my heart in such a short time.

 

This week I was asked by my pastor to help with responsibilities of caring for his three little foster girls while him and his wife were going out of town for a conference. I was honored to be asked and humbled by their trust in me to care for their precious little ones. As I prepared for my time with them I had no idea how they would impact my heart in such a short time.

At ages ten, nine, and six these girls have already been through more than any child ever should. When my pastor and his wife took them in almost two years ago it was originally only going to be temporary, but through everything they have poured so much love into these girls. Watching from the outside of the situation I have seen the girls come to life and thrive under the care and love of their new parents. They are being taught and trained up in the Word of God, and they all love the Lord with all their hearts.

What impacted me the most while spending time with them was their heart and love for prayer. They love to be prayed for and over, but they also love to pray. When it comes time to pray, the oldest especially is always the first one to volunteer. She’s not afraid to speak up, and she loves praying for others. Listening to her fearless prayers convicted me. I love prayer and always want to pray for and with others, but I often find myself afraid to speak up and holding back. I want to be able to pray with confidence and boldness, just like my new friend. I want to be enthusiastic and the first to speak up to pray, instead of holding back and praying in silence. God hears every prayer, whether spoken out loud or not, but there is something sweet about praying aloud for and with others.

May we all have the enthusiasm to boldly pray without holding back, just like a little child.

“But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven.”” ~ Matthew 19: 14

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