We often pray for children who will grow up to know the Lord. I’ve been praying for my child to grow up knowing the lord. But last night I was challenged to pray that he would be born having the lord.
Reading through the stories of Jesus’ birth (as one does around Christmas time :p) I stumbled across the words of the angel to Zechariah. The words relate to Zechariah’s son, John the Baptist. It made me wonder why we aren’t praying this for more children in the womb. And it’s what I’m praying for our little guy now as I wait for his birth:
“ . . . and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God . . . to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” (Luke 1:15-17)
God values children. His Kingdom belongs to them.
Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” (Luke 18:15-17)
Let us not discredit the relationship our children have with God because of their age. Let’s bring our children to the Lord – in prayer, through teaching, and through the example of our lives.