A child’s faith is something that will always amaze me. Yes, I was once a child myself, but I think as we grow older in our walk with the Lord, whether we have walked with Him long or a short time, we get comfortable. We get into a routine and stuck, sometimes treating our walk as a checklist instead of growing in passion and fire for the Lord. We look at the situations around us and all we see are mountains that seem impossible to be moved.
Before we moved to Ohio, almost two years ago now, we were living about four hours from my brother-in-law, Jeremy. One night while we were praying with the girls at bedtime, Joelle asked to pray that her Uncle Jeremy would come to visit to play with her. After we moved to Ohio her prayer changed that she wanted her Uncle Jeremy to move there to be closer to her and her sister, Chloe. I swallowed hard the first time she asked me to pray that with her, because at that point we didn’t think he would be moving for a while, as he was loving where he was in Missouri. Trying to explain that to your kids who were four and two at the time would be useless since Joelle, especially, already had her mind made up that she was going to keep praying that Uncle Jeremy would move to Ohio. Every night without fail for over a year she prayed either by herself or with us that he would move to Ohio. Then one day, nearly a year ago, we got a phone call that he was going to be moving to Ohio. Joey and I looked at Joelle and asked her what that meant and she said, “God answered my prayer!”, with the biggest grin on her face. I immediately started to tear up because she was getting that, even if not right away, God was answering her prayers.
I love watching our girls grow as they learn to pray. Even last week as we were driving home from church Joelle was asking God,”God, please heal everyone in the whole state of Ohio and everywhere!” She then proceeds to ask God if He heard her and that she would be good if He answered her prayers. I was driving and trying my hardest not to bust up laughing at our six-year-old negotiating with God, even though I know that she didn’t realize that what she was doing in that moment. Her confidence and faith as she is praying reminds me of what Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Although she can’t see what the outcome is, she knows, at least, that God answers prayers and that He can heal people. I feel challenged by my daughter to pray more fervently for the answers to prayers that I am seeking God for.
How many times have you tried to negotiate with God when praying? Will we trust Him no matter how He answers our prayers, even if it is not what we want? Philippians 4:6-7(MSG) says, “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praise shape your worries into prayers, letting. God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness everything coming together for good, will come together and settle you down.” It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. I desire to pray more fervently with a childlike faith, believing God for extraordinary things in my life and the lives of those around me!
Jesus, thank You for answering our prayers always, no matter if we like the answers. I pray that I will trust You completely in every situation to have faith to know that You can and will move mountains! I pray that those who are reading this will be encouraged that You are always faithful and they too will see the power of prayer and trusting and having faith in You! I also pray for those that are reading this that may not have a relationship with You, will come to follow You! In Jesus name, Amen