“I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”Children are created with a tendency to believe. If you tell a child a story from the Bible they will believe it. Kids do not wrestle with doubt like adults do, because they haven’t had any “train wrecks” yet. Sometimes we make light of child-like faith, as if it isn’t real faith but Jesus didn’t do this. Jesus always encouraged the faith of children and we should do the same. So, how do we encourage the faith of children? Here are three things that I do:
– Luke 18:17
- Let the kids pray for each other. We have a tendency to teach kids to depend on the faith of adults. I found that I got better results in prayer when I let the kids pray for each other. If I get a prayer request from a child I will ask another child to pray. By doing this I am honoring their faith.
- Teach kids about faith. The Apostle Paul says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” When we teach what the Bible says about faith it causes their faith to grow.
- Teach them to depend on their own faith. If a child gets afraid at bedtime, they will call for Mom or Dad. When Mom comes in the room the fear goes away, but the fear returns when she leaves. This cycle reinforces their dependence on their parent’s faith. Talk to the kids in your class about this and encourage them to use their own faith to resist fear.