Children and Baptism in the Holy Spirit
How can a Child Receive the Baptism?
There are just three steps to receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit: Ask - Believe - Receive. Luke 11:13 instructs us to ask God to fill us with the Holy Spirit:
"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
Next we need to believe that God heard our prayer and that He has answered us. The key to using your faith is to believe that you have the answer before you see the evidence. Remember, God promised that He would give the Holy Spirit to those that ask. Therefore, it is essential that you believe that you have received the Holy Spirit as soon as you ask. And if you will believe that you have received, then you will receive! Mark 11:24 says:
"What things so ever you desire, when you pray,
Assisting Children Receive the Baptism:
As soon as a child can believe that he has received the Holy Spirit, he should begin to thank God for this Gift. Praise should be offered to God for His goodness and for answered prayer. The evidence will follow. That is how faith works. First you believe, then you will receive. Acts 2:4 says:
"And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit,
This is the hard part where adults and children have the most difficulty in exercising. Many people refuse to stop praying in their own language and to step out in faith, and begin to speak out the words that the Holy Spirit will give.
Initially we must create an atmosphere of praise and worship to help those who are seeking the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Children will find it helpful to close their eyes so that they can concentrate on God. The child must speak out their praise and worship to God. Encourage them to tell Jesus out loud how they love Him and thank Him for hearing their prayers. A prayer phrase such as, "Thank You Jesus" or "I love You Jesus" will help them express their thanksgiving for the Gift they are about to receive.
Concentrating on Jesus:
After a while this prayer phrase will come straight from the heart and at that point the child will probably start to weep. The child will know when God gives him a new language. He will first "see" a word in his mind, or his tongue will want to say a strange word or he will begin to stammer. We do not learn "other tongues" as the Holy Spirit gives us the words to say. The child must stop speaking in English at this point, and just relax and speak whatever words come into his mind and mouth while he concentrates on Jesus and worshipping Him.
The Holy Spirit takes over at this stage and this all happens naturally. As we speak out a word, the Holy Spirit will give us the next word and then the next, then a sentence, until it flows out of us as a new Heavenly language, praising and worshipping the Lord!
This speaking with other tongues is the initial physical evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit. This evidence is seen in Acts 2, 10 and 19. Thus speaking in tongues is the proof that someone has been filled with the Holy Spirit.
Advice to Children's Workers:
When working with children, never be negative but always inspire faith and victory. It is advisable to "lay hands" on their heads and pray for the infilling of the Holy Spirit in their lives as Paul did in Acts 19. We should pray in tongues with them so that we can be heard and encourage them to praise God out loud and to speak in tongues when the Holy Spirit comes upon them. Look for real tears for then you will be sure that God is active in their lives as you minister to them.
In large groups it is advisable to concentrate on the children who are most ready to receive. The Holy Spirit will guide you to these children. As soon as someone does receive, announce this to the audience to inspire their faith. Encourage someone who has just been filled to continue to speak in tongues, rather than to pray in English, and to linger as this will instill faith into others nearby who are still seeking the baptism.
As counsellors, we should not scream into a child's ear or shake them. Never force children into "receiving" if they are not ready. Always pray for wisdom and be sensitive in the Holy Spirit in what He is doing in the child's spirit. As long as a child wants to pray, we should pray with them. At no time should we tell a child to repeat words we speak in tongues. It is not our job to fill the child with the Holy Spirit ... God will take care of that!
The children are depending on YOU. They need your help and guidance. They need to receive the power of the Holy Spirit into their lives. You can become an instrument of God to bring blessing and anointing to many children. You can help them enter into the fullness of the power of God. You can assist them in becoming warriors for Christ. Are you willing to step out in the faith and power of the Holy Spirit?
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