31 Dec

by Becky Stayton

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Isaiah 11:6

Do you believe in the power of prayer?
Do you believe any believer can pray and have answers to prayer?
Even children?


Children and Prayer

A few years ago the Lord told me to teach children and families about prayer. As I have walked this walk with the Lord, trying to do what He’s asked me to do, it has been a joy to work with children and adults. Although I have doubted many times, the Lord has reassured me through others, experiences, and testimonies that He was in this. My grandchildren and other children have had great testimonies of the power of prayer. Still, I have such a burden and urgency for all of our children to be grounded for what is coming.

Children are growing up in a time of great spiritual upheaval. The enemy would love for us to not recognize the power of children’s prayers. Children need to know that the Lord hears and answers all their prayers. And, we need the prayers of our children just as much as they need our prayers for them.

Them That Believe

Mark 16:16-19
And these signs shall follow them that believe;
In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Who is "them that believe?" Is that just priesthood or does that mean every single person?

Moroni 7:35-43
If you will have faith, ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me…
It is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men.

What is the definition of faith?

Hebrews 11:1
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Most Children have faith. They have just come from the courts of glory!

Moroni 8:13
Little children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world; if not so, God is a partial God, and also a changeable God, and a respecter of persons.

Little children can pray mighty prayers because they don't have all of the baggage we adults have. Our children need to know how powerful their prayers can be. They need to freely exercise that faith and know that the Lord loves His children and their prayers!

Psalm 8: 2
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Alma 16:144-146
And now, behold, I say unto you; and I would that ye should remember that God is merciful unto all who believe on his name; therefore he desireth, in the first place, that ye should believe, yea, even on his word.

145 And now, he imparteth his word by angels, unto men; yea, not only men, but women also.

146 Now this is not all: little children do have words given unto them many times, which confound the wise and the learned.

Matthew 18
2b Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

10 See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.

Wow! “Their angels in heaven always see the face of the Father.” It sounds like their angels are in constant intercession for the children. I have witnessed that when children pray, heaven moves!

Matthew 19:14
But Jesus said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Our children are of the Kingdom of heaven!


For God’s Glory

God often, if not always, works with the lowliest, unlearned, youngest, and poorest to show His glory. Here are some examples:

David was just a shepherd boy but was anointed a king. He was just a boy, but with God as His strength he defeated a giant.

The three Hebrews were just boys when they were abducted and taken to Babylon. They kept their faith and were willing to die for it when they had a fiery trial.

Joseph was a boy with dreams and visions who was sold into slavery and then thrown into jail. But, God helped him save many people.

Samuel heard God speak when he was just a small boy in the temple.

Nephi was the younger brother but he had more faith than his older brothers.

Moses was born a Jew, sent afloat in a basket and raised by a princess. He killed a man and had to run for his life. And yet God used him to lead a whole nation.

Joseph Smith was only 14 when he heard from God. He was unlearned and yet translated an ancient manuscript.

The youngest was John the Baptist who leapt for joy at his first encounter with Jesus while they were both in their mothers’ wombs.

Of course Jesus had very humble beginnings and was only 12 when he was taught in the temple and astounded the teachers.



What about today?
These testimonies may strengthen your faith: https://www.kingdomkidsontheirknees.com/blog/mighty-pray-ers

I heard a testimony about a baby that drowned in a pool. She was there for possibly 45 minutes. The father of the baby called a pastor that he knew and asked a group of children to pray for that baby. She recovered in a day or two with no residual effects! https://vimeo.com/182971138#t=3300s That testimony had a great effect on my faith of the prayers of children.

A little girl named Ivy had great faith. She was only 2 or 3 years old when her grandfather was having problems with his eyes. They weren’t healing many weeks after surgery. One day when Ivy’s grandpa was visiting, Ivy said, “I have to do something!” She placed her little hands on her grandpa’s eyes and said, “Jesus!” A week later, Grandpa’s eyes were healed! There was no other explanation for his sudden healing. https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Ivy-God-Becky-Fischer/dp/1500992690?asin=1500992690&revisionId=&format=4&depth=1

When my grandchildren were 5 and 8 years old, they began praying for me to be healed of a food sensitivity that I had for at least twenty-eight years. They had faith even to begin asking if I had eaten those items yet. I had to work through some of my own fears and building my own faith. But, because of the prayers of my grandchildren, I am now completely healed of any food sensitivities.

Just recently, the children at Kingdom Kids were asked to pray for the librarian and a delivery of books for the school book fair. Our librarian was told the books were going to be late and this would cause many hardships for her. The children prayed and the books arrived a day early!

There are more testimonies here: https://www.kingdomkidsontheirknees.com/lessons/testimonies-and-praise-reports?c=extras

A Prayer for You

I pray that the children in your life will know:
• that they are very precious to the Lord.
• that they are children of the Most High King who loves them, listens, and responds to all of their prayers.
I pray that you will:
• encourage and challenge them in their prayer life to dig deeper and pray specifically.
• give them every opportunity to exercise their prayer muscles for all situations.
I pray that God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

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