It seemed so obvious when she said it. It was Heidi Baker, on the Finger of God DVD, declaring a truth so manifest and wonderful that I burst into tears:
All children believe that God does miracles. All children believe that God can open deaf ears and blind eyes and take away cancer. All children believe it until an adult teaches them that God can’t do it.
It is hardly surprising that Jesus loves children so much in the gospels. Not really astonishing that he takes them on his knee, and declares that the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. Theirs is simple faith. Their belief in the goodness of God is stronger than their knowledge of human failure. Ian Andrews on the same Finger of God footage tells a story of how he prayed over a 3 year-old in a meeting, and then the 3 year-old went and prayed for the blind people and those with sight problems in the meeting. Ian Andrews would never have started with them! But a 3 year-old would, and so twenty people got healed.
I think that the link I put on my post yesterday also shows Heidi Baker praying with three children for a man with pain in his chest. She declares the words, the children repeat them, and the man is clearly freed from pain. The children are not surprised in the slightest – delighted, yes, but not surprised.
Everywhere Jesus went, He healed people from disease, sickness and infirmity. Illness and disease is from Satan. Jesus came to destroy the works of the evil one. There is power in the prayer of a child. I was listening to a Bethel sermon where a preacher was pointing out that when all the children in America prayed in school every day, that must have brought blessing on the country.
Childlikeness is such a refreshing quality in anyone. It comes with purity and simplicity. The faith of a child is solid as a rock. A child will always stop for the one. A child will not have reservations. Where a child is in a good attachment to an adult, that child is happy and secure and brings happiness and security to others
Where we are in communion with the Father, we bring that peace to others too. We are simply providing for others out of our Daddy’s fat purse. Ian Andrews points out that we are like songbirds sitting in a cage… we haven’t realised that the door is open. The Devil is hardly likely to point that out to us, is he? The Father says to us, that if we obey like good and loving children:
You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock – the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out…. The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity…you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Do not turn aside… (Deut 28)
How priceless, Father, is your unfailing love! Show your love through me today. Let me come like a child, let me offer and give like a child: let me call the children to come out with their slings, with their prayers, with their offerings. Bless the prayers of the children: anoint and empower their prayers for the sake of Your kingdom. To wipe away every tear and to demonstrate your lovingkindness.