Viewpoint from Mike Clarry 27/01/2017
Seventh-day Adventist Church
also published in the Yarmouth Mercury
Daddy Can I Pray For You?
During a discussion about who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, the disciples turned to Jesus and asked Him the question; He answered by calling a little child over and then said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matt 18:3)
For many years, I understood this verse to imply simplicity, humility, innocence and commitment to ones Christian experience. It was only recently that this verse became far more meaningful me
Towards the end of 2016, my 3-year-old son and I were at our allotment and I was clearing some rubble away. During this operation, I accidentally cut my leg quite badly on a piece of glass. Trying not to distress my son, I said to him that we needed to go home right away. When we reached home, my red stained trousers showed the severity of the cut and my son saw it! To my amazement, he tried to take charge of the situation and told me to sit down. He then brought me a pack of wet wipes and then went back to get a box of plasters; but the most amazing thing of all was when he came back, he fell to his little knees in front of me, then putting his little hands on my leg, he asked, “Daddy can I pray for you?”
The total sincerity and belief in the healing power of God, in my sons eyes, was undoubtedly one of the most powerful things I’ve ever seen. The simple pray that followed was even more moving!
So easily we get caught up in the complexities of life and the expected pressure to be professional in what we do that we so often fail to notice the small, simple yet wonderful and important things around us. This sadly often leads to missing the real intended point
That day, the words of Jesus regarding us to be like little children, spoke powerfully to me through my son’s innocent sincerity and taught me a great and unforgettable lesson. Jesus does not require education, but sincere dedication. Study of The Word of God is very important; however what is equally important and often overlooked, is a heart innocently and sincerely committed to God; and to believe without any doubt, in His almighty saving power
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