Every night, my husband and I say a prayer with our 21 month old daughter before we lie her down in bed. At the end, no matter how sleepy she is, she always says, “aaamen!”
There is something that is so beautiful about the prayer of a child. Sometimes the prayer of a child can be really cute and comical, and other times it can be so poignant and honest that it brings tears to your eyes.
This week, VisionTrust Guatemala Director Rut Chamalé shared that the vulnerable and orphaned children she cares for in the impoverished outskirts of Guatemala City have been praying for the VisionTrust children in the Central African Republic. Due to the recent political unrest in the Central African Republic, the 650 VisionTrust children who live there have been faced with many challenges, such as their neighborhood schools being shut down and shortages of food and other supplies.
Since VisionTrust Guatemala began in 2008, the children have been praying to God and asking Him for miracles in the lives of those they love. God has answered in amazing ways, from drastically reducing malnutrition in their community, to healing one of their teachers from a life-threatening medical condition.
In James 5:16, we are told that the prayer of a righteous person is “powerful and effective.” While the phrase “righteous person” might not conjure up the image of a small child, perhaps it should. Though their voices are little, their prayers are big. May we learn from the example of the children of VisionTrust Guatemala, who care so deeply and pray so confidently for others whose situation is more grave than their own.