Praying with Your Children About Sickness or Injury
You know those really bad sinus headaches where you don’t want to move a muscle in your face? So you walk around with your mouth hanging open and eyes half shut because somehow that feels a bit better?
I was having one of those the other night as part of a cold I’ve been weathering.
And you know how three-year-old’s don’t put themselves to bed?
So, since daddy was out having a good time at a baseball game, I was left to do the best, quickest, no-sudden-movements bedtime that I could muster.
When it came to our nightly prayer time together, I almost skipped it. But something compelled me to double-back.
As I laid down with her to pray, an idea struck me. Why not use it as a teaching moment?
“Clara, will you pray for me? My head hurts.” She’d already heard me complain about it. “Put your hand right here,” I said, as I pointed to my forehead, “And please ask God to help my head feel better.”
She sat up, grinning.
She then began to pat and stroke my head.
“God, please help mommy’s head feel better.” Then brushing my hair over my face she continued, “And I promise we will keep her hair looking good. Because she is beautiful. The end.”
A. That’s so cute.
B. I looked up to smile at her and realized my head felt SO MUCH better! I couldn’t even believe it.
I got to celebrate with her and tell her how God answered her prayer. I was excited. She was excited. I left the room, grabbed and tissue, blew my nose and seemingly everything cleared out! I felt like a new woman!
I thanked God for His healing, but also for the opportunity to teach my daughter about prayer. While God probably isn’t always going to heal us instantly, He certainly could.
Though we may not understand the scope and breadth and depth of His will, we choose to trust Him no matter what.
But may we not go sick or hurting for lack of asking!
You do not have because you do not ask God. James 4:2b (NIV)
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. James 5:15a (NIV)
Next time you or your child or someone you know needs God’s healing, make a point to pray together about that need. Encourage and empower your child to go to God in prayer for you as well.
There’s something very special and powerful about a child’s prayer. Teach them to weld this weapon well early in life and they will harvest its fruits for eternity.