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Holiday of Healing: Hurting Children

“Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Too often young children are considered insignificant and unimportant when it comes to spiritual matters. When this nonchalant attitude toward young children exists, they are neglected in prayer. If we choose to follow the example of Jesus, children will be an extremely vital part of our prayers. Jesus pressed little children and infants close to His heart. He prayed for them and blessed them. When He was criticized for this action, He was moved with indignation and emphatically declared, “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14).

Across our world are millions of hurting children. In areas of the 10/40 Window there are children enslaved, those who are forced to fight in wars before they are even teenagers, those who are trafficked for money and perverted pleasures, those who are orphaned due to war, disease and famine, those who are homeless, and those who are just plain neglected. Many of these children deal with physical problems as well as emotional problems of abandonment, bitterness, low self-worth, anxiety, fear, and more. They become products of their surroundings, which often is filled with violence and sin.

Children cannot reconcile matters like adults; they need prayer, and help from Christian people and God. Take today and pray for children all over the world.

  • Pray that God will raise up children to a great work for him
  • Pray for the innocent children born into families where the parents are unsaved and involved in ungodly behavior.
  • Pray for the children who live in nations where there is war or famine.
  • Pray for the Lord to send laborers into these places to bring the good news of the power of God to deliver from sin and fill these lost souls with His Holy Spirit.
  • Pray for the children around the world who are mistreated, abused, and taught false doctrine that will cause them to be lost
  • Pray for physical healing for children who have AIDS, disease, disabilities and malnutrition.
  • Pray for emotional healing for children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected.
  • Pray for children close to you:
    • Yourself
    • Your friends
    • Kids in your neighborhood
    • The neighborhood bully and children who get in trouble a lot.
    • The children of leaders in your church.
    • Bus kids in your church

The prayers of the righteous avail much! Thousands of tons of snow have been known to thunder down a mountainside because one skier shouted a few words. The snow was ready to move. It only needed a small disturbance. So it is with prayer when it moves the Holy Spirit into action. A few words, focused, fervently and fitly spoken in prayer with faith in the name of Jesus, can set off an avalanche of God’s power in the lives of children throughout the world.

What can you do?

1. Pray for children

2. Befriend and encourage children who are in bad home situations. Pray for their emotional and physical healing.

3. Visit orphanages and children’s hospitals. Bring some smiles to those who are lonely and hurting.

4. Donate clothes, shoes, toys, books and food to those who are poor. Instead of giving away your stuff to thrift stores, find a donation project or center that focuses on the needs of children across the world.

5. Go on a missions trip to another nation and visit those who are in need. Get to know your world so you can better pray for them.

6. Instead of giving extra gifts to your own children or your families’ children, donate a child’s gift to a needy family.

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