Child's pray (by Olivia Simpson)

One of the first prayers I ever prayed was for a baby sister (after three brothers) and I will always remember how amazing it was when Portia was born and the reality of seeing how God had heard my prayer.

This memory has spurred me on to encourage our children to pray from a young age and to be expectant for God to answer. Whether in the small things, e.g. for a lost scooter to be found or the big things such as a family member to come to know Jesus. It is fantastic to see their faith build when they see immediate change as a result of their prayer but it is also great to journey with them as they, and us, learn more about God's timing and sovereignty.

I was particularly challenged when there were some friendship issues at our daughter's nursery and how best to pray about it with a three year old. I was reminded of the verse in Galatians 5 where it speaks of the fruit of the Spirit is 'love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control'. We then prayed this for ourselves and for each of the friends at nursery. We still try and pray this regularly as we have found it has made for a happier home!

One other area of prayer I am also keen for the children to grow in is intercession for the world. It is an area I have always struggled in and I would love for it to be an automatic part of their prayer life. We have found a map of the world helps to engage them as well as the Open Doors prayer diary with specific daily prayer points. Hopefully some of what we try and do will set them up well as they develop their own prayer life.

´╗┐Olivia grew up going to ST family houseparties and ended up leading one brilliantly with husband David. They are an amazing team, managing to juggle clip-boards, nappies and feeding bottles, whilst running a host meeting!