“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere” (Ephesians 6:18).
It was yet another snowy day where school was called off and my daughter and I had been meandering around the house doing nothing much but being together in the quiet of falling snow and watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse reruns. I have no idea what I was doing at the exact moment she walked up to me, it was nothing of significance compared to what she said to me, “Mommy, I’m praying for you.” What sweet words to a momma’s soul to hear from her toddler. It reflected a verse I had recently shared to some young people at our church, “ Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere” (Ephesians 6:18). We are called to pray on all occasions, in the Spirit, and be alert and persistent for all believers. Are you praying for all believers, present and future? You should be, because the Word tells us to do so.
We need to be building each other up in prayer, helping each other defeat the enemy and praise the Savior. We need to not be afraid to ask for prayer ( I’ve been guilty of that; my pride got in the way of God prompting me to ask others for help) and follow through with fervent prayers for those that do ask.
When was the last time you blessed someone with the words, like my daughter’s, “I’m praying for you” and then followed through with knees bent and head bowed?
“I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:4-9).
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Let the significance of this child’s words not be lost. Keri’s daughter is my granddaughter, who is 2 years old. I used to think small children couldn’t really accomplish the Lord’s work-they were too little. It was sweet. But, nothing could really come of it.
But, along came my precious niece Mallory. She has always had a spirituality about her. I knew that one day, when she was actually saved, she would be a worker for the Lord. But, has that little girl taught me a thing or two. When she was small, maybe three or four, she prayed for her grandmother and her great-great aunt one of the sweetest prayers. And, at eight years old she was saved! She didn’t know, but her (salvation) experience blessed the ladies I work with, my mother, my sister, my husband, and lastly ME!
Mallory and my granddaughter have taught me to not underestimate the power a child has when she’s doing the Lord’s work. They have taught me that I can learn and grow as a Christian through them! And, most of all they have been a blessing to me in my walk with Christ! Stay tuned for the big things God has in store for them, and anyone else who happens to be in the vicinity of their journey with Christ!
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