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As a Child – Pastor Matt Ragain

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Jesus says, “Anyone who does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Jesus is saying that there are child-like characteristics that adults need. The need it so bad, in-fact, that adults will not enter into the Kingdom of God without it. So what is it? Faith. Children have an uncanny ability trust. If we are going to trust like children, what can we do?

We learn to pray like children in four ways.

First: children are bold. They make no apologies about their needs. They know what they want and they make their wants known.  I’m always surprised that my children can ask for a cookie immediately after they eat a donut. They are not afraid to ask.  As adults, we tend to worry whether our requests are legitimate and worthy of God’s time.  We become timid in our requests.  The apostle James teaches, “you do not have because you do not ask.”  The point isn’t so much that we ask for the right things.  The point is we bring our requests to God—all of them.

Second: children are persistent.  I have four children under 10.  The younger they are the more they are in need.  They can’t do much.  If they need something—say milk—they move toward mom or dad and they ask.  They don’t meekly ask once and shy away.  They ask over and over and over and over.  Parents can say, “wait just a minute,” but that’s not good enough for a child.  Their need is now and they are unafraid to keep asking.  That is how we are to be.  When we pray, we don’t ask once and then throw our hands up and say “it’s up to God now.”  No!  We come back, day after day asking, seeking, and requesting that God would move.  Does God get irritated the way we get irritated with our children?  No! He is always patient.  He is always kind.  The point of praying like a child is to be persistent, because persistence means you believe that God is going to answer.

Third: children are dependent.  Adults make the common mistake of believing they are responsible for everything that needs to get done.  Children don’t make that mistake.  There is very little they can do about their circumstances.  They can’t get food or clothes or anything really.  Children are totally dependent upon their parents.  When you grow older you don’t really lose your dependency, but you can forget it.  The attitude of dependence is the right one, otherwise why would prayer be necessary at all?

Forth: children are in the father’s presence.  When my children ask for something, they do not make a request and leave me alone to make my decision.  They get in my personal space—my bubble—and they make their request known.  They do not call me on a phone.  They do not write me a letter.  They grab ahold of my leg, look directly into my eyes and ask.  They are with me.  That is what prayer should be like.  It’s us grabbing onto God’s leg not just because we have a need, but because we don’t want to be anywhere else.  Children might have a need, but what they really want is their parent.  I might have a need, but what I really want and need is my Father in heaven.

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