"But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." Luke 18:16

Jesus, God manifested in the flesh, placed great value in children. He welcomed them with open arms. Likewise, we should play an integral role in the lives of children so that they will have a greater opportunity to become "children...of God" or "God...children," as they truly commit to become His children. We can serve as spiritual parents or teachers of God, and Godly role models in guiding them in prayer and teaching them the principles of God.

In the natural, modern Godparents are designed to have significant responsibility in the religious development of Godchildren. A Godparent's function normally also is to pray for their Godchild and to be readily accessible whenever he or she has questions concerning their faith or needs spiritual support. Oftentimes godparents continue to have contact with and support their Godchildren even as they enter adulthood. In general, while responsible requirements and tasks of Godparents vary, all faiths that acknowledge Godparents recognize their important role in their Godchild's spiritual life. If this is true in the natural, then how much more important should it be to spiritually adopt a child or children as you positively influence them, whether in your family, church, community, etc, so that God can have more children to become "God...children?"

It is important that we teach our children how to pray and the things of God now, as we model Christianity. Deuteronomy 4:10states "...I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children."

I am reminded of some meaningful remarks that would cause one to ponder:

"One hundred years from now
...It will not matter
What kind of car I drove,
What kind of house I lived in,
How much money was in my bank account,
Nor what my clothes looked like.
But the world may be a better place because
I was important in the life of a child."
(Excerpts from "Within My Power" by Forest Witcraft)

My question to you is "Will you be important in the life of a child?"

Flo Shaw
International Coordinator
World Network of Prayer


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