Children can do anything the Bible says they can if they are taught in age-appropriate ways—they can even heal the sick. I recently heard from a church in Pennsylvania about a little boy named Joey, age 6. For over a year, Joey has been learning on Sunday that he can hear God’s voice and heal the sick.
Joey’s aunt became extremely ill. She was so ill that they were not accepting visitors. But one day little Joey decided that he needed to go and pray for his aunt Mindy. He specifically said he wanted to pray for her in Jesus’ name so she could be healed.
Everyone discouraged him. They told Joey that they wouldn’t let him in to see her. Mindy’s son told them not to bother to come. They said, “If you do, we won’t let you in. She’s too sick.” But Joey was so insistent. It was hard to resist him, and they ended up going to Mindy’s house. When they got there, the son, Mike, was not going to let them in. But instead of stopping him, Mike to stepped aside and let Joey go in with his mom.
The mom shared, “As we got into the house, I was shocked at how my sister looked. I hardly recognized her. She was so weak. She didn’t even lift her head off the couch where she was laying covered up. She just opened her eyes and looked at us.
“Her skin was pale; there were dark circles under her sunken eyes. There were beads of sweat on her forehead, and to look at her face, you would think she was dying. Joey started to come in the room, but she didn’t want him there. Joey looked at her and said, ‘I came to pray for you. I’m going to heal you in Jesus’ name.’ They just stared at one another silently, like they were having a conversation that both of them understood. And she relented.
“Joey put his hand on her head, and said, ‘Heavenly Father, I ask You to touch my aunt Mindy and heal her, because we know by Your stripes she is healed. Thank You for her healing in Jesus name. Amen.’”
His mother wrote, “As he was praying, I opened my eyes and stared in awe of the transformation I was witnessing. It was miraculous. If I hadn’t seen it for myself, I wouldn’t have believed it. The color began to rise back in her face. Her dull eyes started to sparkle and shine. The person who was too weak to raise her head to see who was at the door a few minutes ago actually sat up!
“Mike came in and looked pretty shocked to see my sister. He said that he had tried to stop Joey from coming in but couldn’t. Mindy said it was because he was sent from God. ‘He was the answer to my prayers,’ she said. Then she stood up and started walking around, looking [for] candy and snacks to give to Joey.”
It’s vital we understand the potential of even the smallest children when they are taught to do the Word of God. When we show them what to do, they will step out in greater faith than 95 percent of all adults who claim they believe the Word of God. We must train the little children!