The children aren't the future, they're our present.Carla Harding - 26 Aug 2011
The most powerful intercessor I think I've ever seen pray, was 13 years old. She stood on a stage in Cape Town, South Africa last year, and opened the Global Day of Prayer gathering with a prayer for the continent. Goose bumps ran down my arms and my mouth fell open at the wisdom that came in that prayer. There was such a sense of the Father's smile and an eagerness to hear her words.
This young girl prayed with a sincerity and confidence that I would have envied at her age. The thing is, she isn't unique. She represents thousands (potentially millions) of boys and girls like her, around the world, learning to pray and being rather powerful at it!
If you stay in touch with global prayer networks it's likely that this isn't news to you. The 4-14 window, as this generation is referred to, has been on the hearts and minds of many worldwide. The call is to give children the opportunity not just to be entertained or taught, but to become a vital part in the crescendo of prayer across the earth. Kids are praying - from ministries like Royal Kids in India - rescuing orphans and raising them prayerfully, to people like Jane Mackie in Australia - passionate about the young and their vital contribution to the body. From nations like Indonesia - where the young are prayer warriors, to the UK - where prayer spaces are opening in schools for those who may not even know Jesus. When the same idea, passion and momentum rises up around the world it becomes pretty clear God is up to something!
If you're young or if you have or work with children there are three ways you can get involved in this movement in the coming months.
- Gather with others. From the 6th - 9th September many are gathering in Singapore for the third 4-14 Global Summit. If you can't make this one, keep and eye on the site and note the next!
- Pray for those gathering. Young people and adults working with young people in prayer from many nations and streams of the church are gathering to share their experience, models, methods and dreams and to seek God together. These gatherings are catalytic events in this worldwide movement. Pray for protection over those going, pray for wisdom and discernment as they gather and pray for an increase in children praying to their loving Father.
- Pray where you are! Whether 4 to 14 year olds pray regularly or not at all in your church or family, why not take a step forward today. We've found 24-7 Prayer Rooms brilliant, creative spaces for kids to find a new language to talk to God with. They don't always pray the way adults do and why should they! Why not try painting, writing or creating a prayer and check out the Children in Prayer website for further ideas and lots of resources.
If you already are involved with children praying, tell us more in the comments. Let's share ideas and resources to see more young people pray!