The older I get, the more I notice it becomes harder to maintain that childlike faith that Jesus talks about when He blesses the children in the book of Mark. Even though keeping childlike faith can be hard, I feel like this is such an important part of every Christian's faith. I do not think Jesus ever wants us to outgrow having this kind of faith.
Let's look back on the story behind childlike faith in Mark Chapter 10:
"One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.
When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them."
Wow, what a great story. It is obvious that Jesus didn't take having childlike faith lightly. He knows and understands how important it is to have this kind of faith. But, as I said previously, maintaining this kind of faith can be hard, especially when we become adults and are no longer children. As humans, we are tempted by our own sinful nature to figure things out on our own, without God's help. Instead of praying about something, we convince ourselves that we can do it on our own strength. But God doesn't want us to live life this way. He wants us to trust that He is going to provide for us in our lives, no matter what. But how do we do it? How do we maintain childlike faith even when we grow up?
I've prayed about it (since this is something God is REALLY working on within my heart right now), and I felt the Holy Spirit give me these three key points on how we can all continue to maintain childlike faith in our lives, on a daily basis.
1) Bring even the little things to God in prayer, not just the big things.
I've noticed that throughout the years, this has really helped me to maintain childlike faith, because it reminds me that God cares about every detail of my life and wants me to come to Him like a child for every concern, big or small. I think as Christians, we sometimes think that God only cares about the major things going on in our life (i.e. choosing a career path, finding a spouse, moving to a new town, etc.). But God cares even about the little things. Like, for example, finding a parking spot in a crowded parking lot, figuring out what happened to our missing keys (ha, me 24/7), deciding what to write our paper about in school…anything, really! When we bring even the little things in prayer to God, we are able to get excited about what He is doing in EVERY SINGLE part of our lives, leading to more joy and trust in our relationship with Jesus, just like a little child has.
2) Instead of holding onto your worries and concerns, bring them to the feet of Jesus and release them there
Okay...I think we can all admit that one of the major things that keeps us from having childlike faith is our daily worries and concerns. As humans, we are tempted to worry about pretty much everything, ESPECIALLY when we grow up and reach adult hood. But instead of letting worry drive our life, what if we woke up every day with the decision to trust God? What if remembered God’s promise in His word to provide every need and lived that out? If you think about it, this is how a little child lives their life. A little child, full of innocence, come to their parents with complete submissiveness, trusting for them to meet their every need without any concern at all. God wants us to think in this same exact way. Let’s all wake up every day choosing to be the conquerors that we are in Christ—because God has promised to meet EVERY single need!(Philippians 4:19).
3) Finally, pray that God would soften your heart and simply show you what it looks like to have faith of a child
Sometimes, the best thing we can do to maintain this kind of faith is is to just simply pray about it. Lately, God has really been leading for me to do this. My prayer lately is that God would continue to soften my heart and teach me to live out childlike faith in my every day life. You should try out something similar! Sometimes the faith of a child can seem almost impossible with all of the fiery arrows Satan tries to throw at us, but at the end of the day, God's still, small, voice is there saying "I got this, and I love you."