During VBS: Go!
“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray” (Matthew 19:13a)
As believing parents, it has always been our greatest, almost overwhelming desire for our children to know and worship the Lord. We wanted nothing in life more, than to see that they were brought up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). Obviously, we were not alone in this, because our church family and my in-laws were also dedicated to this goal. So, it is not surprising to read in Matthew 19, there were ancient parents, with the same spiritual longing, who brought their children to Jesus. Obviously, these parents worshiped and feared God and sought God’s blessing for their children. All parents want the best for their children and their grandchildren. Clearly, they knew who Jesus was and sought the best. I have often wondered after reading this story, what became of them – ‘these blessed ones’. Who did they grow up to be? Did they become mighty warriors of faith in the early church? Did they serve with Stephen, Paul, Timothy, or Silas? Surely, they suffered for the faith; they would have been in their thirties during the time of Nero’s great persecution. I like to think that someday, I will be able to meet them in heaven; believing that the blessing they received from Jesus was not in vain.
Contrary to this story in Matthew, there were many unbelieving parents in Jesus’ day who did not bring their children to Him. Receiving God’s blessing on their children, evidently wasn’t a priority. The same is true today. There are many unbelieving or distracted Believers, who do not bring their children to Christ. I wonder, who will introduce these children to Jesus? Who will bring these ‘unblessed’ ones to Christ? Moreover, who will pray for the children of unbelieving parents? Ironically, if you ask most Believers about their salvation experience, they usually had a family member who prayed for them to be rescued. Again, if not for the parents, who will be the ones to stand in the gap?
Holy Father, we pray for the children who do not know You and yet, some will attend VBS somewhere in the world. Some will attend VBS in a Syrian refugee camp. Others will attend in a secluded home in Russia or perhaps in the jungle of Africa, where 70% of the persecution is happening this year. Please rescue them and bring them to faith in You. It doesn’t matter where they live, because You bring people to them that will share Your story. Please give the children wisdom and understanding of Your purpose. Help them to surrender to you. We pray for their safety if they are from dark countries. We pray that their parents will come to know you too. Amen.
- Thanking God for rescuing children
- Teach us to pray fervently for the children who do not know Jesus yet.
- For children to find peace in God.
- We pray for the children who live in North America and South America.
- For God’s church to desire to intercede for children. For God’s church to be known as a praying people.