Teaching Children To Seek God

The best thing we, as parents, can do for our children is to teach them to seek God in everything. It’s even a lesson adults have to be reminded of.

We’re in a hurry and we can’t find our keys. Instead of pausing to pray for God to intervene and help us, we start running around in a panic looking for our keys. Normally, I would go through asking each child what they did with my keys, certain one of them had hid them in a toy box upstairs. Only then would I turn around and almost trip over them on the floor where they had simply fallen off the key rack. Have you been there before?

A friend of mine shared that her daughter lost her glasses. They IMMEDIATELY prayed for God to reveal them. I wasn’t shocked that they prayed about it. But my first instinct would have been to tear my entire house apart THEN in desperation call out to God for help.

I decided to start seeking God first. I started pausing in those stressful moments to pray. I asked God to let it be revealed to me in His timing because He knew exactly when I needed to find whatever it was I was looking for. Ya know what? It works. Those items don’t always magically appear when I say “amen” but they are always brought back into my care when I need them most.

The more I pray over the little things the easier it is to run to God first with the big stuff. I’ve been praying to God most of my life but would always try to fix problems on my own and leave prayer as a last resort option. It should have been my first and best option. It took me 26 years to learn this and I still need to be reminded of that occasionally.

So I decided to start teaching my children to run to God in prayer at a young age. When I get a prayer request, if my children are around, I asked them to come stand by me and pray with me. My children are 7, 5, 4, and almost 2. Yet, they are still able to comprehend and communicate in their prayers.

Children are never too young to start praying. 

Just the other day Joey (23 months) folded his hands while we were praying and the said “Amen” when we were finished. No he can’t speak in full sentences yet, but Jesus said to let the little children come to him. That means in whatever capacity they are able to serve and honor Him; let them.

When my children see an ambulance, firetruck, or police car whiz by with flashing lights, someone could be hurting and they know it’s time to pray. When someone gets a boo boo at home, it’s time to pray.

My daughter (4) now asks me to pray to Jesus for her boo boo rather than getting a band aid. That speaks volumes to me about what God is doing in their hearts. 🙂

Yesterday I had been praying over my children. I specifically asked God to watch over them at school and allow them to be a shining light of Jesus love and kindness to everyone they encounter. I also asked that God would shield their hearts from evil.

Today when Brenden (7) was getting off the bus he was grinning ear to ear and couldn’t wait to say, “Guess what I did Mommy?!”

Me: “What did you do?”

Brenden: “It was a miracle. There were three kids on the bus starting to be bullies and use bad words. I asked God what to do and He told me. I told them about Jesus and Jesus was controlling them because they stopped being bullies.”

Me: “Brenden that’s amazing!!!” *I gave him a great big hug*

I was so touched by this testimony, I shared on my personal Facebook page about what Brenden did. Friends and family shared encouragement for Brenden which I read to him.

I told Brenden to continued asking God for help and recited my memory verse this week to him,

“I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, I will help you.”” 
Isaiah 41:13
 
I told Brenden that’s what it says in God’s word… that He will always help us. Brenden said, “Wow, I did not know that.”
Not even an hour later I heard Brenden and Joey sitting on the steps. Joey was crying and getting very upset about something. Brenden was trying to help him. Before I walked over to intervene,  I heard Brenden pause to pray, “Jesus please help me. Show me what to do with this little baby.” And do you know what, Joey calmed down. I don’t even know what he was upset about but I know Brenden took it before God and God handled it from there.
I love my kids and am amazed and how God reveals Himself as well as the truth of His word through them each day.
Your children are never too young to be taught to seek God in everything.