But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
I was at having dinner with some friends from church when two little girls came up to me and wanted to play doctor. I obliged. They were the doctors and I was the sick person. So I sat in a chair and waited to be “operated” on. Do you know what those girls did?
They closed their eyes and laid hands on me.
That was how they thought they were supposed to heal me!
They’ve seen their parents and their church family respond to sickness in that way, so that even in pretend doctor, they knew what to do. You may think that’s cute (and it is really cute), but at our church, we teach our kids during Sunday school how to prophesy and to pray for healing among other things.
Non-traditional curriculum to say the least!
Where does it come from? It’s quite simple: We believe that when kids receive the Holy Spirit, they did not receive a junior-sized Holy Spirit, but the same Spirit that I have. And so we teach them and expect them to be able to do all the things that adults do.
I enjoy this because it really puts to application of utilizing the entire body of Christ for ministry. And kids are not any less capable of performing miracles in Jesus’ name than adults are. And if we really believed this, how much of our Children’s program would change at church?