Joel 2:28-29 (NIV)
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.“
Our Heavenly Father said that He would pour out His Spirit on all flesh. He is no respecter of persons. That means that He will pour out His Spirit on everyone – children too.
However, your children will only go as far as you lead them. They will walk where you walk.
If you want to have confidence in leading your kids in the infilling of the Holy Spirit I will show you how.
First Step: Ask In Faith
Luke 11: 9-11 (NLT)
“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”
For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds and to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
In these scriptures, Jesus, said that if our children asked for a fish, would we, as earthly parents, give them a snake? No. So, if we would give our children what they asked for, how much more would our Heavenly Father give us what we ask for.
This is first and most important, because if someone WANTS to be filled the Holy Spirit and speak in other tongues they can – they simply ask the Father.
Step Two: If We Ask, He gives
As a leader, this is where I use my faith. I trust what the Father has said. I believe what the Father has said, and I instruct what the Father has said. When we ask in faith, He gives.
Believing is simply trusting God will do what He said.
If there is a hold up, it is not on His end. I think many people are challenged in taking this next step with their kid’s church, because there is evidence you must see – in this instance, the speaking in tongues.
We believe we receive, even though we cannot see.
I tell anyone I pray with, that if they want to receive the Holy Spirit with the evidence in speaking in other tongues, they will.
When we ask in faith, the Holy Spirit comes and gives us strange words for to say.
- Those words come to our spirit.
- The Holy Spirit does not come and grab our tongue and start shaking it.
- Speaking in tongues is not a language we learn like Spanish or French.
- Speaking in tongues is a Heavenly language from our heavenly Father.
- This is the evidence or the sign that we are filled – we speak.
When I pray for children they must use their faith. They must believe they receive, even though they cannot see.
Step Three: We Won’t Understand It With Our Head
I Corinthians 14:14 (NLT)
“For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don’t understand what I am saying.”
I don’t know why Father God designed it this way, but He gives us a special language that only He understands. God tells us that our spirit will pray, but we won’t understand what we are saying.
We will not understand speaking in tongues with our head, but we are to speak those very words we don’t understand out of our mouths.
To Sum It Up:
- We ask in faith.
- We believe we receive our Heavenly language (strange words) in our heart.
- We speak those strange words out of our mouth.
I believe firmly that our children can grow strong spiritually. They just need to know how. Mark and I have spent over 40 years teaching kids how to do just that. We have taken God’s Word, that we believe for ourselves and have broken it into bite size pieces for children.
If you really want to see your kids filled with the Holy Spirit, teach on it. Remember they will go where you lead.
We have developed a 13-week curriculum dedicated to teaching kids about the Holy Spirit. Super Church 2.0, The Holy Spirit will take you from, how to hear God’s voice, how to be filled with the Holy Spirit and through the nine Gifts of the Spirit.