Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away. (Matthew 19:13-15)
Jesus loves the little children,
all the children of the world,
red and yellow black and white,
they are precious in His eyes,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
These lyrics of this song Kikuyu, my mother tongue, were taught to me when I was under 5 years. I have a feeling that the disciples of Jesus did not get anyone to teach them this song in Aramaic or Greek, otherwise they would not have so vehemently denied little children to see the Lord Jesus.
In the Gospel according to St. Matthew we are told that some adults (I assume it must have been mothers) brought children to Jesus for two specific reasons:
1. That He (Jesus) might lay hands on the children
2. That He (Jesus) might pray for them