I taught a Kid’s Healing Rooms Training years ago and I had a fourth grader in my class who was extremely connected to the heart of God and misunderstood in the group (happens frequently actually). This kid had a hard time finding her place among the group. I often had to pause our training to attend to her so the class could focus. I cherished this little peanut and choose to win her heart and affection. I thought, if I took her out for some “one-on-one time” she would get the attention she needed so in class she could focus and not steal attention from the group. It didn’t work, nonetheless we pressed on. Part of the training was to help the kids identify the voice of the Lord so they could know how to pray and realize how powerful they are.
One day as we had people come in to receive prayer, my highly anointed needy gal gave a prophetic word to an older woman about her being like a living room with lots of photo albums and warmth and comfort. The words weren’t life changing or witty but the description was a perfect word of knowledge about the gal who was the first generation Christian and matriarch of her family who hosts all the gatherings and actually has a large coffee table that has photo albums on it. The Lord was reiterating to this woman through an eight-year-old her place and importance in the family!
Because God is the Living Word, (which means He still is speaking to us), it is critical that we both learn for ourselves and teach our kids how to hear and recognize God’s voice. Hearing God’s voice is our birthright as daughters and sons. We don’t need to “strive to hear” or to “catch an impartation” to be able to hear His voice. You do not have to work to hear God’s voice. It is a free gift but it takes faith, confidence, and familiarity to recognize it and then apply it to our lives.
I’ve intentionally cultivated an awareness in my kids that Jesus always has an opinion and His is always the right one. When my kids were young that awareness looked like me modeling a healthy connection with the Lord. As they aged, I would tell them about my talks with the Lord and ask them, “What does Jesus say about that?” When they were older, we would play games to learn His voice and languages. For example we would be driving in the car and see signposts or businesses and I would prompt them by saying, “How is your dad like that store sign?” Before long, they didn’t know it but they were speaking life over situations and people all the while connecting to the heart of God.
One day we went to another city to experience a time of corporate worship together. We had never been to this place before and I asked the kids, “Let’s ask Jesus what the building looks like so when we get there we will know we have arrived.” We did and my kids received the majority of the details from the Lord about the location and look of the building. The best part was when I asked them to give a prophetic word for the man who was leading the event. They were too young and embarrassed at the time to speak the word over the stranger. While they were under my feet and in my arms, I told the word to the man who ended up sobbing and giving glory to the Lord for the confirmation of his passion and work. I honestly walked away amazed (I didn’t know the man either) thinking, “Oh my gosh, Lord this really works!”
If we as parents and teachers are consistent to develop a familiarity with our kids and God’s voice when it doesn’t matter all that much, when you get into a situation where it does matter they will be confident that God will speak and they will recognize that it’s Him.
Redefined by Grace,