I work face to face with a lot of the customers at my work. And it would only be truthful for me to let you know that there are some people I just try to avoid. Some I would say are little obnoxious, some don’t smell the best, and some I just think are rude. I’m embarrassed to admit that, but I think we can all relate that to someone in our lives. It’s hard to want to be in contact with some people. But Jesus… he never really seems to have that problem.
In Matthew 19:13-14, it reads, “Then children were brought to him that he might lay hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’”
Children in these times were on the same level as the sick or poor. They were seen as unimportant. Children would have been in the “least of these” category. That is why we see the disciples trying to push them aside in this story. However, Jesus welcomes them to him and spends the time, in the middle of his other teachings, in order to pray with them and lay hands on the children.
During Lent, when we’ve sacrificed something in order to spend more time with Jesus, I urge you to think of someone who needs prayer. It could be someone you’re deliberately avoiding in your life or someone you believe needs more Jesus in theirs. You may even feel called to pray for different people each day of this season. But I think it would do us all some good to spend our extra time focused on others and praying for them.
Sarah Allen has been serving on the Leadership Team at The Table for the past three years. She also oversees all Children's Ministry at The Table as a member on our staff.