In my journey with Jesus (by this I mean my Christian life) I have learned that the more childlike and simple I am in my faith, the more easily I receive from Jesus the things I am praying for.
Jesus said some interesting things about the simplicity of little children. Just think about it for a moment… To a little child, if Daddy has promised something that he or she is longing for, they just know that Daddy will keep his word. They may even tell people “Daddy’s going to give me…” because to a little one it’s a done deal: Daddy always keeps his word. Always! It’s not surprising that Jesus said what He did in Matthew chapter 18
In many places in the gospels, Jesus taught on the absolute necessity of believing that we will receive what we ask for. Here are just a couple [italics mine in the Scriptures below]:
“And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive” Matthew 21:22
Jesus said, “All things are possible to him that believes.” Mark 9:13
Some personal examples of childlike faith
When I was still a fairly young Christian, a friend whom I greatly respected because she was at Bible College and knew so very much more than me, told me that it’s possible to hear Jesus actually speaking to us in our prayer times. I hadn’t heard that before and decided to give it a go. I simply said “Jesus, Anne* says it’s possible to hear You speaking to me. I would really like You to speak to me, please.” I simply expected Jesus to speak to me — and He did!
I do not mean that I heard an audible voice! No, certainly not! But what began for me that day, like for scores of my Christian friends, is that Jesus began to speak clearly to me in my spirit, deep down in my heart — the real me. It was something like when you suddenly have a thought such as, “Oh, I must phone the dentist this morning” — an unmistakably clear impression. We do not hear voices! I do hope I’m making that clear!
* this name has been changed.
A wonderful, much deeper, walk with Jesus now began for me. He spoke loving words of encouragement day after day and made the Bible come alive. He also spoke some very much-needed words of correction to me from time to time. Everything that Jesus says or does is always in love. He IS love. I started to keep a journal in which I recorded all these precious words of Jesus so that I could turn to them again and again. In future posts it will be a great joy to share some of these with you. You will be amazed — and so blessed.
For the Bible record that Jesus does indeed speak to to those who belong to Him, turn to the gospel of John, chapter 10, where Jesus talks of Himself as a good shepherd who knows His sheep (see verse 14). He goes on to say in John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
Another example of childlike faith
Some years further along my journey with Jesus, I attended a Christian conference at Easter one year with a colleague. During a very beautiful time of worship, in which the awesome presence of God filled the building, one of the leaders on the platform suddenly said, “The Angels are here, helping us in our worship, and some of you can see them!” At that point I had my eyes closed, lost in worshipping the Lord, enjoying His presence with us; it was so real that it was almost tangible.
What would you have done in a situation like that, I wonder? This is what I did: I thought to myself that if some of us could see the Angels, I wanted to, and asked that I might see them. I am so hungry for the things of God that I was not about to miss an opportunity like this! I quickly opened my eyes and simply expected to see the Angels. The key word here is ‘expected’ and I was not disappointed. There were Angels simply everywhere — hundreds and hundreds of them. They were standing between all the rows of people, worshipping the Lord together with us.
You may be wondering what they looked like. If they were standing on the ground, they must have been seven or eight feet tall. They had such beautiful faces, and they glowed with golden light and were translucent — almost transparent, but clothed with light. It wasn’t until much later that I found a reference in the Psalms to being “clothed with light as with a garment.” That is exactly what I saw.
In both these testimonies the key was expecting to get the answer to my prayer. In very simple faith, like a little child, I expected to receive what I had asked.
God has no favourites. He longs for all of us to trust Jesus as our Saviour. Our loving Heavenly Father also longs for us to know Him as our Father. He has so much blessing for us if we will open our hearts to Him in simple childlike faith.