My seven year old son teaches me things all the time. I’ve been thinking about one thing he taught me last week.

I was driving into town and the radio was on. I was only half listening to what was being said but Sean was really listening. As soon as the lady was done talking, he asked me this question.

“Mom, why is it that the children in Japan are needing so much help.”

Apparently, the radio commercial was talking about the recent events in Japan and how desperately the kids need help. Like I said, I had tuned out and hadn’t been listening and had only caught the tail end of the commercial.

I told him that it was because of the earthquake and the tsunami (we had already discussed this).

“Yes, I know Mom…but why is it the children (specifically) who need help?”

I explained to him that most likely many had been left without a home to live in. And that maybe some had even been left without a parent or both their parents. After hearing my explanation, Sean asked me what people could do to help them.

I told him that many people were already doing things. Doctors and nurses are helping to take care of the injured. Construction workers and volunteers are going to help with cleanup and rebuilding. People are sending money to help too. And, the last thing I said to him was this. Another great way people can help is to pray for them.

As soon as I said this, Sean spoke up.

“I’m going to do that right now,” he said.

I watched him in my rear view mirror. He bowed his head and for over a minute he was silent.

I love him! And, I also love HIM…the one who gave me such a beautiful little boy!

Sean taught me something at that moment. He taught me more about what it means to be obedient. His response reminded me of all the times in the bible we see people deciding, out of faith, to respond to Jesus without pause.

β€œCome, follow me,” Jesus said, β€œand I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:19-20)

Jesus called them,and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.(Matthew 4:22)

Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. (Matthew 20:34)

I explained to my son what our response should be and immediately he obeyed. He bowed his head and prayed. Oh, if we as adults, could only have that kind of faith!

We delay. We question. We argue.

I wonder if one day the Lord might reveal to us the impact of one little prayer that was prayed for people who lived 7000 miles away from us. One little prayer from a little child in the backseat of his car who was simply being obedient.

Dear Lord, today, I desire that kind of faith…that kind of obedience!

11 thoughts on “Immediately!!

  1. ThealityBites

    I think this is a great way of moving away from the classic "I'll pray for you" response, similar to the secular "I hope have a nice day", which the well wisher promptly forgets.

    Your son is awesome.

  2. Eileen

    ThealityBite, He is awesome. I aspire this kind of faith. πŸ™‚ And you are right, we are so good at talking about things, not very good at putting things into action.

  3. Lisa

    The faith of a child. I want to have that same response – to pray as soon as I hear of a need. What a great lesson Sean has taught us.

  4. Kandi

    I love your sons heart, what a precious child. It so obvious through the faith of your son why He tells us to come to Him like little children.

  5. Jenifer

    Oh Eileen, this touched my heart! The prayers of a child are so special. I know God hears all of His children, but a child's prayer, I don't know, it just really touches me. I believe the Holy Spirit was speaking to Sean at the moment. What a great lesson he gave us today. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Allison

    So sweet through the eyes of a child…so simple and innocent. The way He meant for it to be, I think, not hard like we've tried to make it πŸ™‚

  7. Kelli

    Child like faith sweet friend! How awesome he did that! Even at an early age kids now the power of prayer!!! Good job!

  8. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    Eileen, thank you so much for the huge smile on my face right now! The innocent, obedient faith of a child truly is a beautiful thing. Thank you so much for sharing it!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  9. frogsview

    He had a wonderful, faith filled response. I believe the Lord is delighted! God listens to the prayers of children..

  10. Hershey's Moma

    I desire that as well. Complete, immediate obedience. Faith as a child.
    What a special one God has given you to have such empathy-


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