Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them... (Matthew 19:13-15)I was at the store today when a scene passed before me that made me weep. A young mother was being escorted out by the management, and she had set herself to not go quietly. Waving her arms wildly, she cursed and swore. With her were four young children, two of them in diapers. Dirty and unkempt, the two older children stared blankly at their mother. The two younger screamed and cried.
It was at that moment that I heard the following phrase whispered into my heart, "Do it for the children."
I must ask - Who is praying for these children? Is there anyone? Must I write their lives off as lost? (The oldest was maybe seven.) In this passage in Matthew, we see Jesus praying for the children. In fact, he rebuked those who tried to prevent it. As a parent I know I pray for my daughter all the time. I pray for her friends and my friends' children as well. But this incident has caused me to examine my prayers. Have I ever thought to pray for such as those?
Romans 10:14 states:
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?How shall they? How? If you and I don't take the time to pray for children just like those, to pray, no matter that we don't know their names or circumstances, to stop and say, "Lord, be with those children. Touch and protect their lives. Send someone to speak Your love into their hearts," then will they ever hear?
Look at it this way. If we are truly to be the "light of the world" then we must "do unto others" as we'd "have done" for ourselves. (Matt. 5:14; 7:12) What I would do for my daughter, I must be willing to do for other children just like these.
"Do it for the children," He asks of me.
I can only say, "Yes, Lord."
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Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.