God is moving at Calvary Apostolic Church and revival is sweeping across our city, nation and world. Monday night’s Kids Ministry prayer meeting was no different. After a baptism and Holy Ghost infilling of one of our children on Sunday night, why not!? Please allow me to share some reflection of the prayer meeting.
As children, parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents, Kids Ministry volunteers and Calvary Academy staff started to gather, an undercurrent of travailing prayer began to build in the Youth Center. After several minutes we started a focus prayers following the Kids Ministry core values. Together we prayed that God would change us inwardly, “Lord help us…”
Love kids. “It’s easy to love our own children, but to show that same love those children in our church, in our communities sometimes far from our thoughts. Help us to not see them as a nuisance, but to see them through Your eyes and embrace each in love.”
Help kids grow. “Lord, our children need to be engaged in the work of God, right now. We don’t want to push them aside hoping that they will catch the vision and heartbeat of living for God later in life. To do that allows the World to engage and teach them freely, and we refuse to let that happen. Let us not keep them on the bench, but make them active participants in the work of God.”
Serve kids. “Kids have needs too. Their needs are so very different than our own, but that doesn’t lower the priority of their needs. May we be mindful and observant to the children around us in our church and in our community. Help us to see the need… and meet that need.”
Go get kids. “CAC was built on reaching kids all around us and moving forward it should be no different. Help us not to overlook the children in our neighborhoods or our branch ministry. Lead us to hungry and hurting children. Help us to lead them to Your love.”
Each focused prayer’s energy built on the next and magnified God’s presence.
Our final prayer, turned to pray for our children. The children present gathered in the altar area. The men gathered in front of them, laying hands upon them the men spoke blessings over them. The ladies gathered behind the child and interceded for each child. God began to move on our children. Heartfelt prayer began and tears were streaming down their faces. It was so powerful!
At the conclusion of that powerful prayer, Brother John Peyton asked if he could speak. He recalled over the years holding many children in his arms when they were babies, but today those same children are grown and not currently in church. Those children grew up in Apostolic homes with Godly fathers and mothers. So why are they not here today?We need to be mindful that the Devil is out for our children, and we will lose them if we don’t love them…truly love them as a church body, not just as individual families. Lord give us heart to love and reach the kids You have placed in our path!
Oh what a wonderful time in the presence of an awesome and amazing God. I look forward to next Kid’s Ministry prayer meeting.
-Ray Cuellar, CAC Unboxed Kid’s Director & Pastoral Caregiver