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Orange Moths and Mountain-Moving Prayers

Orange Moths and Mountain-Moving Prayers

At age four, Melissa-Ann loved insects. Her interest began while collecting cicada skins from tree trunks as we listened to their eerie symphony performed from the trees above us.

Following our devotional one morning, she prayed for our family, our pastors, her “Sandal” School friends, and closed with, “Finally, God, could you send me an orange moth?” I gave her a hug and said nothing further about it, refusing to anticipate God responding to what I perceived as a frivolous wish when considering the grander scheme of things – the magnitude of desperate needs throughout the earth.

That afternoon while wrestling, Kristina playfully pinned Melissa-Ann to the floor. She broke free and scrambled to escape into the yard. As she opened the door, a beautiful orange moth flew into the house, resting on the lamp in front of me. Her faith soared as she squealed with delight over God’s specific answer to her specific prayer. Kristina, having recently turned sixteen, exclaimed, “Hey, Melissa, why don’t you pray for your sister to get a car!”

Amazed, amused, and ashamed, I noted the substance of all mountain moving prayer – faith.

* Children attract God’s immediate attention – their bold confidence and innocence are powerful. Have a headache or something troubling you? Share what’s age appropriate, asking them to pray with you and for you. Trusting them with your heart will motivate them to trust you with theirs—very important during the teen years.

* While running errands, pray together for neighbors, schools, churches, businesses…. For some, it may seem awkward at first, but as all begin to recognize and treasure God’s involvement in our lives, prayer becomes as natural as breathing.

Father God, continually guide my heart

to inspire these children You’ve given me to recognize that You are with them

at all times and in all places

and that there is no limit to Your love and power.


The Lord directs the steps of the godly.

He delights in every detail of their lives.

Psalm 37:23 NLT


Rejoice always,

pray without ceasing,

in everything give thanks;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV

I am praying with you and for you. If you’d like further encouragement or ideas, please connect with me on Facebook.

What has your child taught you about faith? We’d love to hear from YOU!

By: Connie Norris

One Comment

  1. What a beautiful lesson on teaching our children to pray and spend time with our Lord….it would be so wonderful to share this type information in the public education system to teach our precious young minds to love the Lord and to seek Him in our daily lives….can you imagine the difference it would make in our State and Nation!

    Thanks for sharing with me!


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