Children in Prayer: North American Summit Meets
Prayer leaders who specialize in mobilizing children to pray, held a summit in May in Minneapolis, MN. They focused on children from ages 4 to 14 (the 4/14 Window) who are in a strategic time in their lives to be used by God in authentic ministry.
Tom Victor, who leads the North American regional team for the 4/14 Window, spoke of how God is raising up children around the world as powerful and anointed pray-ers—and the desire for North American churches recognize this in increasing ways.
“As people see God visiting and encountering children, it’s breathtaking through their beauty and their innocence, and how God uses them to change whole communities,” said Victor. “It’s so obvious that God is at work through their prayers. Children aren’t just our future; they’re our now.”
The North American leaders acknowledge that the children’s prayer movement in the U.S. is lagging behind other key nations of the world, including Indonesia and India. But they also hope this conference is historic in releasing children in prayer.
John Robb of the International Prayer Council told the leaders, “I’m convinced it will be the prayers of children that save America. We need to put up a wall of protection, and children are key. They will affect the destiny of the U.S.”
Robb shared the example of 20,000 children in other nations who are trained as intercessors and participated in the May 2012 World Prayer Assembly in Indonesia. These children provided prayer support for this international gathering, and were also in prayer for the North American Summit. In addition, thousands of child intercessors were in day-and-night intercession for revival at an International Children Intercessor Conference in Chennai, India, in July.
Children are also invited to participate in an International Prayer Initiative for the United Nations, November 18–20, 2013, in New York City. This gathering will precede the U.N. Universal Children’s Day with strategic prayer for children and youth to become partners in the growing global prayer movement.
Victor summarized the hope of prayer leaders: “I’m absolutely convinced that God is launching His Church globally into a time of acceleration in a way that none of us can even anticipate what this will look like. And I’m convinced the children will lead us!”
For more information on the prayer movement, go to 4to14window.com.
(C) 2013 Prayer Connect magazine.