Kids and the Supernatural

Do they know about God’s supernatural activity today?


by Rob Purcell/ April 7, 2015

Let’s start with the questions of who, what, when, where, why, and how. I think we need to cover all of these if we are to learn how to share God’s supernatural activity with kids in a responsible way. 

WHO—The parents

Parents are the primary example in any child’s life. If the parent believes in the supernatural and walks in it, then there is a pretty good chance the child will as well. Secondly, and just as important, is the faith community. Remember, the Bible was written by Jewish people in a mostly Jewish context. Israel did things as a community and the responsibility did not just fall on parents to pass on truth. Our faith community, our local church, should be walking in the supernatural as well if we want to see it passed on to our kids. 

WHAT—We need to teach the whole Bible to have a healthy perspective on the supernatural.

We should be prayed up and well studied. When dealing with the supernatural there will be a lot of questions. Don’t be afraid of questions. If you don’t know an answer, say, “I don’t know.” Kids need to trust you when dealing with the supernatural. Kids know more than we did at their age because they have information at their fingertips. Yet when I ask who has seen a miracle, or has heard God speak, few respond. They may know a lot, but most of them can’t recognize the supernatural. God’s Word and extended time in prayer at home or in kids’ church will help them to recognize the supernatural. 

WHEN—All the time!

Teach kids that the supernatural is the norm, not the exception. I would rather have kids trying to pray for the impossible then constantly questioning whether or not it is God’s will. 

WHERE—Anywhere!

There is never a wrong place to experience God. Remember, whether it is someone being raised from the dead or hearing God’s voice of direction, it is all supernatural. We are walking, talking supernatural beings because God’s Spirit dwells in us! 

WHY—It is the will of God.

Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10, KJV). What will things be like in heaven? What condition will people be in? How will people act? When I teach kids about the supernatural, I am teaching them that the supernatural is natural for God. The supernatural restores things and people to the natural state God meant for them to live in, just like heaven. 

HOW—With love, compassion, and prayer.

Look at the miracles Jesus did; the Bible repeatedly mentions that love and compassion motivated Him. We need to teach kids that the supernatural happens when God’s love and our love for people act together. Prayer is the conduit through which God acts supernaturally. We must teach that preemptive prayer prepares us. To paraphrase Romans 8:5: “He or she who walks in the Spirit will do the things of the Spirit.” Prayer at the moment of impact gives the glory to God. 

Do you recognize God’s supernatural activity in your children’s ministry?