#035 PERMIT THE CHILDREN TO COME
The Role Of Children In the Prayer Movement
topic of children is what the Lord is highlighting in my quiet time
lately. Those who know me personally
would be amazed that I’m interested in children. You see, my
ministry time the children turned toward the audience seated in the
bleachers. They didn’t just go
systematically down the row. They
looked, waited to hear instructions from the Lord, then
went to specific people to pray for them.
The prayers were not sophisticated—just simple, yet powerful. They were mostly praising God and saying “Recibelo, recibelo!” “Receive it,
receive it.” When I got back to
when I was at the ROAR’99 Conference at Bammel
Some of the comments from children printed in the Children’s Global Prayer Movement brochure are:
“I’m a world-class intercessor now.”—Aaron, 11.
“My awesome prayer power works!”—Tom, 6
“I’m not just cute, I’m a mighty prayer warrior. Thank you.” Breanna, 4.
“My desire to pray isn’t strange. It’s from God!” --Jenna, 8.
“Praying is more fun than toys.” --Jesse, 5.
“It’s time to pray not play, weep not sleep.” --Kelly, 9.
Esther Ilinsky describes what is happening with children this way, “A new breed of children—righteous seed—has emerged on the world scene. These are world class intercessors—World Shapers I call them. They are praying for the two billion children 12 and under who live on earth. The Children’s Global Prayer Movement began in 1991 at a meeting with Dr. C. Peter Wagner of the AD2000 United Prayer Track. ‘What about the children?’ I asked. ‘Who’s mobilizing them to pray?’ It was a God moment which has brought us to this place. Children must not be forgotten in this end-time revival and harvest.
Their ‘houses’ are to be ‘houses of prayer for all nations.’ (Isaiah 56:7)
What about your children? Who’s mobilizing them to pray?”
When the Lord begins to bring something to our attention, it seems that almost every time we open our Bible, there it is in another Scripture or in a different context. When I began to read passage after passage about children, I thought, “You know, I haven’t heard anyone talk about these since I was a child in Sunday School.” In Sunday School we heard about the little boy bringing his lunch of 5 loaves and two fishes to the Lord. As we grow older, the miracle of multiplication becomes more important and the child less important. I think the disciples had the same problem that we have. All four Gospel writers describe the event of “feeding the 5,000,” but only John mentions that the person who shared his lunch was a little boy (John 6:9). Matthew records that 5,000 were fed, “aside from women and children.” (Matthew 14:21)
When some children were brought to Jesus to have Him lay His hands on them and bless them, the disciples rebuked them. It was Jesus Himself who said, “Suffer the little children to come to me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14) That’s a Scripture we memorized when we were children, but it is rarely a sermon topic for adults.
ever thought that there were probably children following Jesus in the
multitudes? Have you ever wondered what
happened to the children who were taken in His arms, hugged, and blessed? Could they be the ones who were welcoming Him
On the Day of Pentecost in the book of Acts, Peter explains to those listening what is happening in their midst. In a culture where men were the ones who spoke in public, seeing the women and the children doing the same thing, needed the foundation of Holy Scripture to justify what was taking place. Peter quoted from the book of Joel in his explanation in Acts 2:16-18: “’And it shall be in the last days,’ God says, ‘that I will pour forth of My Spirit upon all mankind. And your SONS AND DAUGHTERS shall prophesy, and your YOUNG MEN shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon My bondslaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit and they shall prophesy.’” In verse 39 of the same chapter Peter says, “’For the promise is for you and YOUR CHILDREN and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself.” It looks like the Lord is calling the same ones to Himself that He did when the disciples tried to stop the children as they approached Him. Jesus said, “Permit the children to come to Me.” He closed both the gender and the generational gaps.
This idea of children mobilized for prayer could be another paradigm that is shifting today. How many of us have considered CHILDREN when we talk about reaching our city? How many of us invite CHILDREN to pray or even consider that they can do anything besides memorize Scripture or cut and paste?
“Dear Lord, forgive us for not noticing the children, for pushing them aside and keeping them occupied instead of seeing their value, their faith, and their humility. Teach us to become like little children, and show us how to teach them and release them into intercession, ministry, and the harvest. Forgive us for not understanding that CORPORATE PRAYER means intergenerational prayer. Bless the children around us and show us how to nurture them and emulate them—in Jesus’ Name.”
Children’s Global Prayer Movement has prayer tools, training, and people available to train children in your congregation or city. You can reach them at:
Esther S. Ilinsky, Founder
David Schnorr, CGPM International Director
561-832-6490 / 561-832-8043 fax
Recently we received an email from Karen Moran, who got her training at Children’s Global Prayer Movement. She has recently started “The Light Club” for taking the gospel into public elementary schools. Six clubs were started since last school year with over 165 reported salvations! Please pray for both of these organizations. Here’s how you may contact Karen Moran:
The Light Club
561-478-8361, phone and fax
915-580-4888 / 915-332-0779 fax
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