2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. Matthew 18:2-5
Apart from the actual lesson, Jesus was great with children. I suspect he played with them, wrestled with them, just made them smile.
They weren’t a bother to Him nor did they hinder Him in His work.
In fact, He loved them so much that he taught his followers worldwide the importance of approaching the kingdom of heaven as a little child would, with humility. It doesn’t take much to make a child happy. Play with them long enough and you’re worn out faster than they are. And they’ll keep bugging you to do the same thing over and over again. “Let’s do it again,” they’ll say. “Just one more time.”
Yes, our prayers may even sound like it’s straight out of the parable of the widow and the judge (Luke 18:1-8) where the judge finally relented because of her persistence. We plead and plead and plead, but we only get silence.
Think you’re the only one who’s experienced that? Hardly. He’ll hear us time and time again. Those prayers are not in vain. He does not grow weary of them, nor does he get worn out. Fortunately, our loving Heavenly Father is always there to comfort us, hear us out, speak to us, and give us guidance.
Likewise, when we open the Word of God, the wisdom and instruction pours out of every page. We merely need to apply it liberally to our lives.
Just as Jesus probably was with the children, you’re not bugging Him with your prayers. He wants us to come to Him. He wants us to bug Him. It shows you care about the issue more than just a “one and done” prayer. Does He get bored from the same request over and over again? Of course not. We might, but He doesn’t.