I know for a fact that children hear more clearly from God than adults do. We had been trying to have a second child for around 3 years with no luck. Taylor, our 4 year-old son, knew that we were praying for a baby. He had his heart set on having a baby sister, and he wanted her to be named “Emmie”. He wanted a baby sister so badly that he played with an imaginary sister named Emmie… though sometimes Emmie was also an imaginary cat. But he was so certain that he would have a sister named Emmie that I would have to forewarn all his new Sunday School teachers that I was not pregnant, no matter how much Taylor insisted that his baby sister was going to use his old crib or car seat.
One day my sister and I were taking Taylor to the zoo. Suddenly from the back seat of the car we heard Taylor’s little voice pipe up with excitement, “Oh NOW I know what Jesus wants!” He announced. We looked at each other and asked Taylor what does Jesus want. “Jesus wants us to pray for my baby sister NOW!” Fully believing him, we pulled the car over to the side of the road and right there in Como Park on Lexington Avenue we prayed for Taylor’s baby sister Emmie to come. When we were done praying he announced confidently, “She’ll be her by my birthday.” When his next birthday rolled around I was about to pop being nearly 9 months pregnant with our little girl. Of course we named her Emma.
We remind our children that we prayed for them and that God heard our prayers. We remind them of this story when they are fighting (haha)! And we remind them when we are trying to make them feel special and loved. God knew the desires of our hearts, in fact, God GAVE us those desires in the first place and then he delighted to fulfill them using the prayers and faith of our 4 year-old.