Recently I came across a video on YouTube that absolutely moved me and stirred something up in me. It was a video of a little boy, maybe 7 or 8 years old. He was at the alter of a church just praying his heart out, completely covered by the Holy Ghost, and speaking in tongues! The service was over but he just kept going and going as people were walking around and watching him. Towards the end of the video the adults begin to freak out a little as they begin to see white specs floating all around him as he continues speaking in tongues. It was just such an amazing sight!
My spirit was stirred. My boys are 4 and 2 years old at the moment. After seeing this video I got it in my head and my heart that I want them to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by the time they are 5 years old! It might sound crazy to you but all I could think was that the word of God clearly states that it is a gift for ALL who ask to receive it. And as if I wasn’t already stirred enough in my spirit, the following church service I’m at the alter call with my boys. The alter call was coming to an end so we got up and went back to our seats. Next thing I know my oldest peanut says, “mama I wanna go pray some more at the alter.” I was surprised but I was like ok of course go! I went and stood nearby thinking he might get out of hand or just mess around. To my amazement he knelt down, bowed his little head and began to pray. As he continued, he stood up and raised his hands to heaven, his eyes closed tight, and he continued to pray until the alter call came to a complete end. He ran back to me and said, “mama I was praying for Jesus with the Holy Ghost and I was speaking in tongues!”My heart just melted at his sincerity. This only fueled my new desire for them even more!
My husband always refers to John 14:12 saying that he wants his children to do greater things than he’s done and at an earlier age especially when it comes to the things of God. So I’m using now too. I want them to receive the Holy Ghost at an earlier age than I did! In all that was going on in my mind and as I would picture my son receiving the Holy Ghost the Lord took me back to when I received the Holy Ghost. I was at home with my mom. Every day she would go in her room to pray as my brothers and I sat on her bed and watched her or played in the living room. This particular day my mom was having a fervent prayer and I was just sitting there watching her. Next thing I knew she said, “come here Becky we’re gonna pray and God is going to fill you right now!” All I remember after that was the music playing in the background, Remolineando (a Spanish shout song) and I began speaking in tongues. I remember we were standing and as my lips stammered under the unction of the Holy Ghost I could not contain myself. I was speaking in tongues, weeping, and dancing in worship as the music played. It was an amazing experience!
Years later as I spoke with my mom about that day she said something that I believe is why God brought it back to my memory. My mom told met hat that morning when she was praying she was seeking the Lord for help in ministering to the congregation my father and she were pastoring at the time. She told me that she felt the Lord tell her, “before you go out there you need to start right here in your home, start with your daughter.” That day when I was only 8 years old, at home, it wasn’t even some amazing camp or service, I received the Holy Ghost!
I feel that is the perfect example of what the word of God means when it instructs us to train up a child in the way he should go. As I’ve said before our children are our ministry, and our most important ministry at that! I think raising our children in the way they should go goes beyond taking them to church with us. I believe it is actively guiding them, teaching them the word of the Lord, and letting the Holy Ghost and faith act on us to minister to them before anyone else.
So today I just want to encourage you and remind you what a beautiful ministry our children are. I realize how easy it is to get busy with life and the many roles we play outside of being parents. I realize many parents are great assets to their churches and hold many ministries. In all this remember these children are also a ministry and the best one! All we need to do is point them in the right direction. When the job is done, when they’ve grown into the men and women God created them to be they will be able to look back and say my parents ministered to me so that I could become what I am in Christ today! Be ready because I will be sure to let you know as soon as my boys receive that wonderful gift of the Holy Ghost!
“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7 KJV