Invite Scripture to Shape Your Life
One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.
But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left. Matthew 19:13-15
Let the story from Matthew 19:13-15 live for you.
Envision yourself bringing the children of your world to Jesus:
- Children in your family, church, neighborhood;
- Your friends’ and coworkers’ children;
- Children you see on the news or read about in the paper.
Identify with the people in the biblical story. Allow your senses to see, smell, taste, feel, hear what is taking place. Open your heart to receive a personal message from the age old account. Pray it into the core of your being and invite its message to come alive for you like never before.
Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer:
Even little children were important to You. The scene of You blessing and praying for the children as You placed your hands upon each head touches me deeply. Maybe it is because I am still a little child. Somehow this story helps me to believe that You are never bothered when I come to You needing Your attention and touch. Thank You! Love, _____1
1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 165-166.