I recently heard a story about a woman with terminal cancer. She was miraculously and completely healed after a four-year-old girl prayed something like, “Cancer, go ‘way. Amen.” I don’t know any of the details behind this story. For all I know, the speaker could have made it up. But I doubt it. Either way, I felt inspired. A few days later, I asked around the Sunday school classrooms if any kids would like to pray for sick people. Several said yes. I remembered Jesus’ words.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:1-3 (NIV)

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I wonder if childlike faith can be lost through experience.

The more people I pray for, the more often I know the discouragement of unanswered prayers. I’ve seen some prayers miraculously answered, but sometimes that’s hard to recall. Jesus asks us to remember what it feels like to have the whole world in front of us, full of endless possibility. He asks us to come to him with complete confidence in who he is and what he can do.

Several children ran up to the front of the church where we invited anyone sick or in pain to join us. Everything looked a chaotic for a few moments. The kids prayed short prayers, then ran off to play. Believe it or not, several people reported that their symptoms and pain totally disappeared.


Ellen BenefieldEllen in her own words: My husband Kyle and I live with our three boys in a low-income neighborhood in Mazatlan, Mexico. God's love and grace brought us here and holds us close through all of life's crazy ups and downs. I want follow where the Holy Spirit leads and encourage others to do the same.

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