On Valentine’s Day, a letter arrived in my mailbox from the little boy I sponsor in Bangladesh through Compassion International. Through an interpreter, he told me about his Christmas and what he had been able to get with the money I had sent him and his family. At the end of the letter, the translator (Timothio) noted, “He is weak in education. Please pray for him. He also prays for you.”
Imagine … a 9 year-old child in a Third World country, praying for me. I was undone.
Wess Stafford, the founder of Compassion International, says in his book, Too Small to Ignore, “I’m convinced that one of the most powerful forces on earth is the prayer of a child.” I love that. I want to just camp on that statement and contemplate what it means to be prayed for by Amit.
He has no agenda; he is not trying to manipulate me; he probably doesn’t even realize how closely Jesus is listening to him. He certainly doesn’t know that the thought of him with his head bowed made me weep, standing there in my kitchen. He’s just a little guy who likes to play games…and struggles in school. And yes, like so many in his village, his family is desperately poor.
But regardless of anything I could ever do to help this child, he has far surpassed it with his immeasurable gift to me: his simple, honest prayers. I am ever so thankful to have Amit on my side, lifting up prayers of untold impact before the very throne of God.
“Watch carefully the children around you. In precious moments you will catch a glimpse of your Savior’s face. Listen intently and you will hear his voice. Walk gently among them; his footprints are all around you. Embrace them, for you are embracing him. Respect them, because they are sometimes God’s agents – exactly the kind of instruments he needs. At such times, only a child will do.” Wess Stafford
Ah, Amit. Thank you for your generosity, my little brother. (Best. Valentine. Ever.)
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