Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Can Children Pray Without a Parent?
People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." 16 And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
Today during school, we came across in our daily devotion, the question, Can children pray without a parent? The answer is surely, yes. When our children are young, we are told to train them up in the way the Way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Children are "little" people. All people are created in the image of G-d. (Genesis 1:26-27). Therefore, children should have the right to come to G-d too. I remember when I was a little girl. My mother raised me in Church, as a baby. I would lay in a bassinet during church service. I couldn't even talk or walk. All I could do was lay their and listen, sleep and sometimes cry. But I was in Church. My mother was bringing me to Y'shua/Jesus. She was planting the seed. Later, as I grew in years, I begin to pray to G-d, on my own.
Today I have my own children. I believe that we must pray together as a Congregation, with other believers and with family; but in order to develop a personal relationship with G-d, we need one on one time with Him. Y'shua, the Son of G-d, our Blessed L-rd and Savior, often prayed to the Father, alone. So it should be with all believers, even children. That is why I am training my children to pray alone to G-d.
Parents, when you are praying, teach your children to pray. In your own prayers, pray for your children to learn to pray to G-d alone. Below are some books that can help you get started with prayer. Prayer should always be sincere and from the heart, but these books will help you in your endeavor. G-d bless.
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