Praying For 'Faith Moments' For Your Children

I was six-years-old when I saw an angel. 

I still remember it to this day. 

It was bedtime and my mother had just said prayers for me as I lay in bed. Almost every night she prayed that angels would protect our home as we slept. I remember knowing it was just the logical  thing to do that night - and no night before or since - to see what the angel was doing.

I crossed the window next to my bed to my brother's side of the room. He was asleep already. Peaking behind the curtain, I saw out on the footpath in front of our house, through the garden and trees, an angel there. 

I've never been able to describe it well. The angel was emanating a light that was incredibly bright, but contained to itself. It was also very colourful. I knew what it was and I had no sense of fear. I dropped the curtain, went back to bed, and fell asleep.

Even though some people have tried to convince me otherwise and cast doubt on my memory, I wasn't a stupid child - I know what I saw.

Another time, when I was seven, my school had a group of emergency services people come and teach us what to do in an emergency. They brought telephones for us to practice dialling 1-1-1 (the NZ emergency number) - we learned how to do it slowly, how to say our name, and where we lived.

A week later, my brother was burned with third-degree burns over much of his body and, with only my mother at home dealing with him, I had to call the ambulance. I have never forgotten thinking, as I dialled the number, how God had prepared me for that moment.

These are what I call 'faith moments'

Growing up, these were specific instances in my life that - even at the time - I knew God was personally reaching into my life and revealing His reality and deep care for me. And I can say, they were vital stones in the foundation of my childhood of faith.

It is something, because of the impact they had on me, I pray my own children will have. Often, for many children, faith comes before knowledge as they grow older. They see the world, they hear the odd Bible story, and they believe. His works proclaim His glory and a child's heart accepts this is so.

And though I am more active in faithfully sharing Jesus and the Bible to our children than my own parents were, I am just as committed to praying that God will give them 'faith moments' to build up their experience of their Father. 

How Can We Pray For These Moments?

1. If your child asks, pray (no matter how silly it seems).

When I was about eight, our family went on one of our annual holidays. We went to an alpine area. I was having such a wonderful time and didn't want our holiday to end. On the last night of our stay, I said to Mum, "I wish it would snow. Can we pray it would snow?" I knew that, if it snowed bad enough, we wouldn't be able to leave.

"But it's so warm," Mum said, "There is no way it could snow." Yet, I persisted. So, that night, we asked God that it would snow so we could stay longer on our holiday.

And, you know what? It snowed.

The next morning, the snow was so thick, we stayed an extra three days. Even though it had been warm and bright and sunny, the snow lay on the ground like it was Narnia. I have never, ever forgotten that experience: it made me feel such pleasure in the Lord, because He so obviously cared for a little girl's desire.

2. Be open (with wisdom) about your needs.

When my parents separated when I was fifteen, my mother struggled to make ends meet. Some weeks, after the bills, she barely had $20 to feed us. Though she did her best to hide her anxiety, sometimes we did sit down and ask God to help us.

I remember, a few days after such a prayer, we came home late to find a box of food sitting on the doorstep. We hadn't told anyone, it was just there, by God's good providence.

I was not a Christian at the time. A believer, yes, but not saved. Though it was a few years later that I committed my life to Christ, this was just another moment where I saw the hand of God in my life and His deep care for me (and my family).

3. Believe God will answer according to His will.

I am sure there are many prayers that went unanswered in the way I had prayed for. In other times, I knew God was answering, but in a different (and better) way than I could have hoped.

Just the other day, Josiah woke up looking strange. After awhile he said he felt funny so, grabbing a bucket, we sat on the couch. For over an hour he clutched the bucket, thinking he was going to be sick any moment. At one point, I prayed, "Lord, please help Josiah feel better soon. If he needs to throw up, let it be quick." 

Inwardly, I was also praying for strength because I really, really struggle with vomit. It is a big stumbling block of anxiety for me as a mother.

Within half an hour of that prayer, Josiah suddenly asked for toast. He ate three whole slices of toast and, not long after, he was perfectly fine. I couldn't believe it. He was healthy as the rest of the day. Josiah said to me, "God took my sickness away!"

It was so sudden and stark there really could be no other reason but for divine intervention. And I am so thankful. The light in his eyes as he talks about how God cares for him is so precious. What a simple faith moment for my son (and myself!) that made God incredibly real and close to him.

I believe that God is a personal and living God.

He loves His children so much and He delights to reveal Himself as a Father to them, especially with their hearts are ready and willing to believe. I so pray this post would encourage you, a mother so vital to their growth in the Lord, to fervently pray for such faith moments for your own children. May He be real to them in so many ways!

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Tell me, did you ever have any 'faith moments' as a child? Has any of your children? Please share!


  1. Thank you for this reminder that the most important things that go on in our home happen on the spiritual level, but are also part of the mundane, daily life. Blessings to you!

    1. Thank you, Michele! Isn't it Elisabeth Elliot who said that if we believe that God is the God of big things, then He must be the God of the small things too? x

  2. This is a faith-bolstering reminder, Sarah! I don't pray this way enough for my children. While I have encountered God again and again in surprising ways, I want this for my kids too! May we not be afraid to pray "big prayers" for our little ones!

    1. Yes! It's so easy to forget! But such moments are building blocks for our faith as adults, and definitely for our little ones. Thank you for coming by, Stacey, so encouraging!

  3. What a beautiful gift we give our children by praying all the prayers...big and little and everything in between. It lays a strong foundation for faith that they can stand on for a lifetime!

    1. It is such a gift! I'm so thankful for that ministry of my mother in my life.

  4. What a great reminder to be an example to our children by turning to God in all. Thank you for sharing this over at GraceFull Tuesday!

    1. Thank you so much for creating a wonderful link up! I am really glad I found it :D

  5. Yes, if your child asks, pray ... no matter how silly it seems. Wonderful advice. Thanks you.

    1. It will create such a real and life-giving faith in God, won't it? Thank you, Sue, for encouraging me with your comment!