He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said, "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." (Matt 18:3)
This is one of my favourite passages in the Bible. I am fortunate enough to spend most of my week working with little children and they have taught me so much about Jesus and how I should pray.
If they are growing up in Christian homes, children talk about Jesus with their family. They say grace before a meal. They thank Jesus for their food, their family and their friends.
At night, they might have a Bible story. Then they tell Jesus about things that have made them happy or sad that day, they say sorry if they have done something wrong. Then they ask him for anything they need, to the finest detail and sometimes in the bluntest way! They tell Him about family members and friends who don't know Him yet and talk about people who need help in other parts of the world.
These little children know that Jesus is always with them, that He hears what they are saying and that He will answer their prayers (in the best way for them). They don't give up asking, they say it as it is, they are not ashamed or embarrassed. Jesus is their friend, they are special because He made them, and He loves them.
Lord, help us to be more like these little children and come to you each day, as our friend who we can trust, with our deepest fears and joys.
Juliet works part-time for a Central London church, running the mid-week toddler group and Sunday Children's Church. She is passionate about the work of the Stewards' Trust and has been part of our family houseparties for nearly 20 years, hosting one of them. We're very blassed to have her as part of our Youth Advisory Board (YAB). She loves praying for the youth workers and their work with young people, which we love too!