Sunday, April 8, 2018

Childlike Faith

By Andrea Merrell

The Lord protects those of childlike faith.
Psalm 116:6 NLT

We met many years ago. I don’t even remember the woman’s name, but I will always remember her unwavering, childlike faith.

The woman (we’ll call her Doris) was a coworker who occupied the office next to mine in an accounting office. During the months we worked together, we were never what you would call close, but she was always anxious to share her prayer calendar with me.

Whenever Doris had a need, no matter how big or small, she would pray, asking God to meet that need, then write it on her calendar. If she needed forty-three dollars and fifty cents, that’s exactly what she asked for. When God met her need—which He always did—she would mark it on her calendar as “prayer answered.”

The Bible talks about childlike faith. I can see that trusting, unhindered faith in my granddaughters when I take their hand or promise to do something for them. They have no doubt I will do what I say.

Too many times, as Christians, our faith is childish instead of childlike. We want what we want when we want it … end of story. In 1 John 5:14-15 (MSG) we read:

And how bold and free we then become in His presence, freely asking according to His will, sure that He’s listening. And if we’re confident that He’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours.

This verse has so much to say to us about how God operates. First, He expects us to come boldly into His presence, asking freely—not out of compulsion or obligation—for whatever we need. The key is in asking according to His will. When we do, we can be assured He is listening and that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours.

God is our provider. He is our Father. We should be as confident as a child when we ask for what we need and then place our hand in His.

Are you operating in childlike faith?

(Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net and David Castillo Dominici.)

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