Amid heartbreaking reports of U.S. policemen being gunned down in Dallas, Kansas City, Baton Rouge and elsewhere nationwide, NBC’s Today Show shared this:
St. Petersburg, Florida, mom Kelly Garza had just finished breakfast at a local restaurant with her 6-year-old son Joshua. On the way out, her first grader spotted several policemen. He stopped and asked them if he could pray for them. His mom snapped a photo, which went viral on the Internet. “My sweet boy prayed over these officers, for safety and thanked them for their service,” Garza wrote on Facebook. She credited her family’s “loving church,” for teaching Joshua compassion and to ask for God’s help.
In Cedar Hill, Texas, according to CBS News, two city marshalls had just sat down to eat when they were approached by a 5-year-old identified on the city website only as “Chloe.” The kindergartner had a very specific request: she wanted to pray with them before they ate. Of course they agreed, and the photo taken by Chloe’s dad, posted on Facebook, has been liked and shared thousands of times.
Another photo went viral from Indianapolis, showing two youngsters kneeling beside their daddy’s police car, asking God to keep him safe at work that day.
Such stories stir our hearts — especially in these confusing, difficult times.
So, why do the forces of darkness hate it when our kids pray? Why are opponents of Christianity so determined to purge America’s schools of any teacher who prays? Why do they try to intimidate any school administrator who might allow the free exercise of religion? And why is there such an urgency to convince American kids and parents that it’s against the law to pray at school?
The problem is so widespread that even a popular film, God’s Not Dead 2, has caught the nation’s heart with the story of a teacher who mentioned faith in her public school classroom and faced enormous legal consequences.
So, why such a battle against kids’ prayer?
Could it be because the Bible teaches that their innocent requests before the Almighty can be so much more effective than adults? Genesis 21:14-20 tells of Hagar and Ishmael, exiled into the desert, expected to die. Hagar called out to the Lord, saying she was turning her face away from her son because she didn’t want to see his death. But then God delivered them. But why? Verse 17 can be interpreted that God heard the voice of the boy, Hagar’s son.
The eighth Psalm proclaims: “Out of the mouths of babes, you have perfected praise.” Matthew 18:10 warns: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
Does the darkness fear the innocent prayer of a child? Does that explain the war on children’s faith in America’s schools?
God’s Not Dead 2 comes to Blu-ray™ combo pack and DVD on August 16, 2016. Get a copy and share it with your kids.