DayBreaks for 8/04/14 – One Way to Become Childlike
Galen is traveling through 8/5/14…new DayBreaks will resume after he returns.
From the DayBreaks archive, 7/31/2004:
Matthew 18:3 (NIV) – And he said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’
Matthew 19:14 (NLT) – But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.’
If you’ve spent any time at all in the pages of the New Testament, you know that Jesus loved children. I’m sure he loved them for a variety of reasons! There is something about children that is very, very special. I don’t know of a sweeter sound in the world than the sounds made by laughing, happy, carefree children. How different from the sounds – heavy sighs, words of despair – that burdened adults make!
Children had (and have!) a special place in Jesus’ heart. Perhaps one reason is that faith seems to come so easily and naturally to us as children. We believed what we are told. It is only later when we start to listen to the evil one that we doubt the good things we’ve heard about and from the Father. But one of the things that is precious about children is the way they pray. Their prayers are so unaffected – so natural and heartfelt – whether praying for mommy and daddy or the goldfish or the dog. Their words pour forth without wondering what they sound like or if they are the “right” words. And God’s heart must leap! Consider this prayer from Anita (11 years old): “Dear Jesus, I want to thank you for going up there on the Cross for us every Good Fridays. You must be real happy when the weekend is over, Thanks, Anita”. See what I mean?
Sadly, prayer is one of the things that we struggle with as adults. We wonder if we’re doing it right. If we should ask for certain things or abstain from asking for those things that seem selfish. Children talk to God about all kinds of things and don’t worry about it. Somehow, as adults, we’ve lost that sense of how important prayer is – about everything!
Billy Graham came to Sacramento, California’s capital, a few years ago and held a crusade at Arco Arena. The night before the crusade was to start, choir rehearsal ran late and one of the members of the choir was driving home through the downtown area when he noticed a man slumped over the steps of the capital building. It was cold, nearly midnight – and it wasn’t the safest area especially at that time of the night. Still, the choir member felt that he could not ignore the plight of the poor, homeless man. He was very nervous as he approached him, not knowing if the man was violent, drunk, high on drugs or if he would be friendly. The homeless man crouched almost into a cocoon on the steps, and the choir member reached out and gently touched the man’s shoulder. “Sir, can I help you?” he said. “Are you okay?”
The man looked up. It was Billy Graham. He was praying for the city of Sacramento. You see, Billy Graham hadn’t forgotten to say his prayers. And neither should we.
PRAYER: Lord, teach us to pray with the faith and purity of little children! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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