written by Trevor Johnson // April 2020
“O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength silencing your enemies and all who oppose you” Psalm 8 vs 1&2
Children’s Prayers are powerful, they can tap into God’s heart and hear from Him. I believe that God is calling them to fully play their part in calling out for heaven to invade earth.
When I was a child, I remember prayer as being the boring bit of church as it so often seemed laboured and formal. I don’t think I could have imagined what it would have been like to go outside the buildings knowing that I could be a part of bringing Gods Kingdom to earth. How different I might have felt about prayer if I had known it could be fun, engaging and even dare I say it exciting.
At Children Changing Nations our aim is to see children equipped and ready to carry and release God’s love and goodness in their communities and into the nation.
We take children to significant locations and give them opportunities to pray creatively and declare God’s blessing in the places they visit.
It all started with a group of children and leaders going to Westminster Abbey just a few days before the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. We prayed for the UK for revival and for the marriage. We asked for God’s presence to be in that place and the children spoke out simple faith filled prayers and declarations. God’s presence was so tangible, everyone there was deeply affected. This was a moment that was not only inspiring and moving but something that will live with those children for years to come.
Since that initial outing we have taken children to pray and declare God’s blessing at numerous well known locations including the top of the Elizabeth tower next to big ben, from the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, standing along the meridian line, at the studios of the BBC and in the Palace of Westminster to name just a few.
There is something powerful about activating children to pray by taking them to some of the nation’s most iconic landmarks. We empower children by helping them to realise who they are and whose they are, encouraging them to hear from the heart of the Father for the places we visit. They will often blow bubbles as a symbol of carrying God’s presence and sometimes put gold stars on their shoes as a reminder that they can set foot in significant places as ambassadors of the King of Kings. I will always remember being in the Queen’s robing room at the Palace of Westminster and seeing children with gold stars on their shoes tramping around and asking God to leave His presence so that the Queen would experience Him on her next visit.
South Downs Awakening is an exciting opportunity to activate children (and families) to do something amazing. To remind them who they are and what they carry and that they have the authority to represent Jesus wherever they go, after all as we often say there is no junior Holy Spirit.
Our vision is to see children really engage in the event as they realise that they have an important role to play and that they would be excited as they walk on the land, wave flags and blow bubbles to declare God’s favour and blessing in their towns and cities.
We hope it will be something they remember as truly significant and that they will be inspired to do similar activities in their home settings. We want the children to know they have played their part in awakening the land and ushering in revival and so we look forward to a mass of colour and joy and shouts of awakening over our region and the nation.
Trevor Johnson (Children Changing Nations)