We always pray with our 2-year old son when tucking him into bed at night. It’s become a routine for him to say “Nigh-nigh (goodnight) Jesus!” while we pull up the covers. We also say “Thank you Jesus” and he lists a number of things from the day for which he’s thankful. I’m always amazed at what comes to his mind – sometimes family members, sometimes activities, sometimes toys he played with during the day. The really neat thing is that he has begun initiating these times of saying thank-you to Jesus throughout the day – while on a walk, in the bathtub, etc.
And sometimes, I also ask him if he sees Jesus. My husband and I believe, as Bethel Pastor Bill Johnson says, that there is no Jr. Holy Spirit. Children are just as capable (if not more so!) of hearing God’s voice and being in relationship with Him as we are.
There is a great word in the German language called wahrnehmen – which I suppose is best translated as “perceiving” or “being aware of”, but literally translated it would be “to take as true” (wahr-nehmen). So one of our prayers for our children is that from an early age they would be able to “wahrnehm” Jesus – recognize Who He is and be aware of His presence.
In the past when I’ve asked my son if he could see Jesus and where he saw him, he usually said, “yeah, book!” (since there are pictures of Jesus in his children’s story Bible). But one night I phrased my question differently.
After our time of prayer and thanking, I said, “Caleb, do you see Jesus?”
“What is he doing?”
And without even a moment of hesitation he slapped the pitch-black air in front of him and said, “High-five!!!”
Tears welled up in my eyes as I double-checked what just happened. “Did Jesus give you a high-five?” He excitedly replied, “yeah,” but in a way that implied it was totally normal.
I could only humbly give thanks that our Lord revealed Himself to my son on his level, and in a way that made sense to him.
Moms, never underestimate the spiritual seeds that you are sowing into the lives of your children!
How has God used your children to deepen (or challenge!) your own faith? Share in the comments below or in the Facebook Group.