Jesus, Miracles & Children

A Special Love for His Little Lambs

by Pastor John Hamel

“And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.  But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.  Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.” (Luke 18:15-17)

Jesus has a tremendous love for children and is as concerned about them as He is any adult man or woman.  Jesus was always greatly displeased when His disciples treated children like dirty little imps that were to be kept far from Him.  Jesus never hesitated to touch and hold a child, love a child or to perform a miracle on behalf of a child. 

We are going to look at just some of the miracles that Jesus performed on behalf of children.  We want you to be encouraged and to know that God’s miraculous power is available to your children today, no matter what they may be going through.  Allow me to reiterate.  No matter what they may be going through.

Jesus Delivered a Demon-Possessed Boy

“And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.  And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.  Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.  And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and THE CHILD WAS CURED from that very hour.” (Matthew 17:14-18)

The word “lunatic” actually means “moonstruck.”  The demons that were tormenting this child would manifest in a greater way during a full moon or during changes in the moon.  They would do this to deliberately mislead people into believing that the boy’s problem was related to the moon and not demon powers.  Hence the term “lunatick.”  As long as people believed this way, the demons could possess him unhampered. 

This is still true today but Jesus sees right through that mess and goes right after the demons.  Jesus knew it was a spiritual problem, not an astronomical problem.   

Actually the spirit in the child was a spirit of suicide.  It kept trying to kill him by pressing him to drown himself or to burn himself to death.  As great as this concentration of evil was, it was no match for Jesus.  He simply cast it out, the boy was cured, the problem was solved and Jesus moved on to the next victory.

Jesus Healed a Nobleman's Sick Little Boy

“So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.  When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.  Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.  The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere MY CHILD die.  

"Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.  And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.  Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.  So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.” (John 4:46-53)

It is my belief that this man’s child was not instantly healed.  The narrative says that when Jesus spoke the word, the child’s fever broke and his strength began to return.  

Sometimes healing is instant.  Sometimes it is more of a recovery process.  Either way, if you will keep on trusting God, expecting His help, He will move on behalf of your children whenever you give Him access in Jesus’ Name.

Jesus Raised One Man's Little Girl from the Dead 

“And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,  And besought him greatly, saying, MY LITTLE DAUGHTER lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.  And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. …While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?  

"As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.  And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.  And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.  And they laughed him to scorn. 

"But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.  And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.  And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for SHE WAS OF THE AGE OF TWELVE YEARS. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.” (Mark 5:22-24,35,36,38-42)

Notice how Jesus told the laughers and scorners to leave.  Their unbelief grieved the Holy Spirit within Him, hindering His ability.  

It is important to separate yourself from all negative voices if you are believing God for a miracle concerning your children.  Negative voices promote fear.  Fear is the opposite of faith.  You cannot believe Jesus’ command to Jairus to “be not afraid, only believe” if you are surrounded with people telling you what God will not do.  

Jairus and his wife stayed cool, clear headed and panic free.  They watched what they said and heard.  

As a result, God’s power flowed into their youngster and she was raised up.  If you will do what they did, you will get what they got!  Do not forget the importance of forgiving anyone who has wronged you, too.  (Mark 11:25,26)

Jesus Also Raised a Widow's Son from the Dead

“And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.  Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was A DEAD MAN carried out, THE ONLY SON OF HIS MOTHER, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.  And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.  And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.” (Luke 7:11-16)

Although the Bible reveals this individual was apparently a grown man, he was still his mother’s child.  Our children never get so big that our faith will not work for them.  Keep one thing in mind though. 

Whenever you are desirous of something from God, God is desirous of something from you.  Notice that everyone glorified God for the miracle that was performed.  This is what God was wanting. 

In every case that we looked at in this study, the parents of the children did something to move God to respond to them.  The father of the lunatic boy kneeled and called Jesus, “Lord”, asking for mercy.  Are you willing to do the same? 

The nobleman believed that God’s power entered into his boy even though he was not instantly healed, and the boy began to get better.  Are you willing to believe that God’s power enters into your child at the moment you pray? 

Jairus and his wife refused to get into fear by listening to negative voices, even when things could not have gotten worse.  Are you willing to refuse to yield to the spirit of fear even though it appears that things could not possibly be worse?

The widow of Nain and all of her loved ones gave God the glory once their miracle was performed.  Are you willing to give God the glory once your miracle is manifested?  Better yet, are you willing to give God the glory now, by faith, even before your miracle manifests? 

Anyone who will take the same steps of faith these parents took will receive the same supernatural results they received. 

Have you made Jesus, the Miracle Worker, the Lord and Savior of your life?  Just say, “Jesus, You’re my choice” and you’ll become a member of God’s Forever Family. (Romans 10:13)  That makes all the family benefits available to you, 24 and 7.

Top
Children & Family Bible Prayers

Heavenly Father, I bring my entire household to You, including my in-laws, and I thank You that You hear me when I pray. Because I know You hear me, I know that I have the following petitions which I desire of You. (1 John 5:14-15) Because You have magnified Your Word even above Your Name, I can know of a surety that You are honoring Your Word even now as I remind You of it. You are answering me this very day and strengthening me with strength in my heart. (Psalm 138:2-3)

Thank You, Father, that You cause us to dwell in safety. We live and sleep peacefully. (Psalm 4:8)

You, Lord, defend us in every way. We love You. We are joyful in You and we are surrounded with favor as with a shield. (Psalm 5:11-12)

You have given Your angels charge over us and they keep us in all of our ways. (Psalm 91:11)

Father, we thank You that You give us wisdom, knowledge and understanding in all things. (Proverbs 2:6)

We always find favor and good understanding with both God and man. (Proverbs 3:4)

All of our children are taught of the Lord and great is their peace. In the righteousness of Christ we are established. (Isaiah 54:13-14)

No weapon formed against us will prosper. Every tongue that rises against us falsely we prove to be wrong. (Isaiah 54:17)

We hear the voice of the Good Shepherd and the voice of a stranger we will not follow. We know the difference between God’s voice and Satan’s voice. (John 10:4-5)

Your Word grows mightily within us and prevails both in us and through us. (Acts 19:20)

We do not stagger at the promises of God through unbelief, but rather we are strong in faith, giving Glory to You, Father. What You have promised You are now performing. (Romans 4:20-21)

We are led by the Spirit of God because we are the family of God. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirits as to what we are and are not to do. (Romans 8:14,16)

Thank You for sending Gospel laborers to every member of our households. When our family members hear the Gospel properly preached, they are responsive and willing to comply with what they hear. I claim the salvation of every member of our households. (Romans 10:9-15)

In Jesus’ Name I forbid Satan and demon spirits to blind the eyes of our households concerning the glorious Gospel of Christ. The Gospel is not hidden to our families. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)

Christ is our Redeemer. He has freed us from the Curse of the Law of Sin and Death. Sickness, disease, poverty, confusion and failure have no place in us, for the blessings of Abraham have come upon us in abundance. We are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to Your Covenant of promise, provision and protection with him. (Galatians 3:13-14, 29)

Thank You, Father, for putting it in each of our hearts to do Your will and for helping us to do it. (Philippians 2:13)

We do not have a spirit of fear. Rather, we have power, love and soundness of mind. Fear has no place in us. You have saved us and called us with an holy calling according to Your purpose and grace in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 1:7, 9)

Thank You that You deliver us from every evil work, including terrorists and terrorism, overthrowing and thwarting every plan of Satan against us in Jesus’ Name. You preserve us and deliver us safely to Your Heavenly Kingdom. For this we give You glory. (2 Timothy 4:18)

Because we desire the strong meat of Your Word, we are skillful in the Word. Our senses are exercised and we are fully able to discern between good and evil. (Hebrews 5:12-14)

We are free of covetousness, content with what we have, although You are increasing us. You are our Helper and we never fear what man might do to us. (Hebrews 13:5-6)

Every one of us is quick to hear and slow to speak. We are doers of the Word and not hearers only. (James 1:19, 22)

We are Your obedient children. We do not fashion ourselves according to the world in ignorance or rebellion. Because You are holy, we are holy in every manner of life. (1 Peter 1:14-16)

We desire the sincere milk of Your Word and we are growing in knowledge of it. (1 Peter 2:2)

We humble ourselves under Your mighty hand God, casting all of our cares upon You. You, Father, exalt us in Your time and for Your glory. We resist Satan, steadfast in the faith and he obeys us, in Jesus' Strong Name. (1Peter 5:6-9)

We continually grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Master Jesus. (2 Peter 3:18)

We walk in the light as Jesus is in the light and we have peaceful fellowship with one another. The Blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. We immediately confess sin when we stumble and You are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:7, 9)

We do not love the world or the things that are in the world. We love You, Father, and we do the will of God all the days of our lives. (1 John 2:15-17)


Be Blessed in Jesus' Strong Name ... John and Barbara Hamel

Home  l  Bible Training  Top  Beliefs  l  Contact