Prayers

Matthew 25: Pray for children’s faith

World Vision strengthens the faith of children around the world through programs designed to meet them where their need is greatest. Pray for children’s faith.

Regardless of how much we own, Jesus teaches us to be poor — or humble — in spirit. World Vision’s work is motivated by our shared desire for others to know God’s grace and experience the fullness of life He offers. Whether it’s giving children a solid foundation for their faith or supporting parents and churches, we do it out of thankfulness for Christ’s saving love and a desire to reflect His light to the world.

Our goal is that when we leave communities, there will be thriving, engaged families and faith leaders for continued spiritual and physical transformation.

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.—Jesus (Matthew 25:40, NIV)

In Honduras, World Vision’s Christian discipleship programs focus on children. Through the Raising Children with Tenderness program, World Vision staff help parents discover new techniques to rear their children with love and tenderness.

We’re also working with teachers to help them handle children’s problematic behavior in the classroom. Luatany Nolasco, a World Vision Christian discipleship coordinator, educates teachers on how to listen and interact by using a curriculum based on Christian principles. This encourages teachers to empathize with the children and lovingly provide appropriate discipline.

These sessions then become support groups where teachers can share stories with Luatany and one another — about the presence of gang members in their schools or about kids from broken homes whose behavior creates tension or disturbances in the classroom.

Teachers are the unsung heroes of Honduras. Teaching is never an easy job, and the threat of gang violence in makes the job more difficult.

At the end of the session, the teachers write their comments on what they like best about the training and what could be improved.

In writing about what she liked best, one teacher simply wrote: “Jesus.”

We’re thankful for Luatany and teachers around the world who invest in the lives of children on a daily basis. Please join us in praying for these leaders as well as for the children they spiritually nurture.

World Vision strengthens the faith of children around the world through programs designed to meet them where their need is greatest.
Teacher Carla Isaula talks with a group of children as part of World Vision’s Raising Children with Tenderness program. (©2017 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Pray for godly teachers and leaders.

Teachers have a tremendous ability to influence the direction in which a child goes as they grow. When they are equipped with the proper tools, they can work alongside parents to provide children with a strong foundation in faith.

Lord, inspire more leaders to step forward and teach the next generation how to lead and love others in Your name. Strengthen and equip them to show Your love to the precious children in their communities.

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach …” —Romans 12:6-7

Orthodox priest kicks a soccer ball with a 9-year-old sponsored boy.
Father Paren lifts his cassock to his knees and kicks a ball with 9-year-old Vahag. Their delight rings out across the pastureland — another reminder of God’s presence in this isolated Armenian community. (©2015 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

Pray that children will encounter Jesus in tangible ways.

Faith in action is a powerful lesson for children. World Vision’s Channels of Hope curriculum equips faith leaders to enable a Christian response in addressing vital community issues that affect children.

Heavenly Father, thank You for providing people with strong faith to reach the hearts of children as they seek direction and purpose. May children recognize Your power in their lives and choose to follow You like the first disciples did.

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” —Proverbs 22:6

John Nalukobo, 74, reads the Bible and prays daily with the seven grandchildren he and wife Belita, 64, are raising.
John Nalukobo, 74, reads the Bible and prays daily with the seven grandchildren he and wife Belita, 64, are raising. (©2017 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Pray for children to integrate biblical values into their daily lives.

World Vision equips parents through its Celebrating Families program to be loving guides in their children’s faith, applying biblical principles of raising children, forgiveness, and healthy relationships. This helps to create a strong family foundation where children can grow up feeling nurtured and understanding their value in God’s eyes.

Lord, sanctify those who commit their hearts to Your lordship. Counsel them as they seek direction from Your Word. Transform their minds so they may become contagious followers of You.

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” —Deuteronomy 6:6–7

 

Contributors: Kari Costanza, Chris Huber, and Nathalie Moberg, World Vision staff

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