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The Simple Prayers of Christian School Children

The Simple Prayers of Christian School Children

The Simple Prayers of Christian School Children

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Christian School Kids are Praying for South Sudan

A few weeks ago two gentlemen from South Sudan shared some of that country’s story with the children at Foundation Christian School.  They shared about the struggle for independence, the heavy persecution many have faced, and how now once again the country is in turmoil as leaders put their own priorities ahead of their people.  Our hope was that Foundation children would not only learn a little about South Sudan, but pray for it also.

We often make fancy prayers, don’t we?  We struggle to find the most effective words, the most convincing, the most eloquent, as we present our requests to God.  We speak in prose and talk essays to God about what He can do (and should do).  Interesting how kids, without knowing it, can be so spot on in their interactions with God.  With prayer, kids don’t wrestle with eloquence or theology.  They pray with all pervasive honesty.

Jesus said,  “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”  A grade one student reminded me of these verses when he prayed at our most recent time of worship together.  I am not sure why it took me by surprise that South Sudan was still clearly on his heart.  He simply said,

“God, I pray that Sudan would find peace, that the war would stop, and that we can share Jesus. Amen.”

-Joshua

That prayer pinned me to the ground.  No frills, no planning, straight to the point.  And God hears it all the same.

My turn: God… um… what Joshua said.

-Matt


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