Devotional for Day 11 – September 11, 2013
John Robb, International Prayer Council and Children in Prayer movement
We need to teach children to hear the voice of God so that they may obey the Lord and change the spiritual climate in their families, in their schools, and even in their nations.
“Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them. For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14 NASB)
We know that it was the boy Samuel who clearly heard the voice of the Father. But it was Eli, the High Priest, who guided him in understanding and encouraging him to obey. Today parents, teachers and adults all carry the responsibility to provide opportunities and guidance for the next generation to grow in prayer and intimacy with God. The church no longer needs to entertain this generation; they are crying out to be trained as worship leaders, intercessors and evangelists.
Teaching children to hear the voice of God is an important part of discipling this generation. It takes discipline and practice, but as they listen they begin to recognize their Father’s voice and learn to follow Him. Obedience to God’s Word is a vital step in the preparation of a spiritual army. And children are eager to ask forgiveness from their peers, to do acts of repentance and to change the spiritual climate in their schools, families and even their nations.
Pray this Prayer:
Our Loving Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of children and all the love, joy and blessing they bring into our lives. Forgive us for leaving them aside when we are too busy for them. Forgive us for underestimating their capacity to hear from You and be used for your holy plans and purposes in the world today.
Help us to disciple the next generation even from their infancy and early childhood. Help them learn how to hear your voice so that they may truly know You and be channels of your love to our lost and dying world. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.