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2008 April 14 » Philoxenos

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A prayer answered

14th April 2008

A prayer answered

Through each of my three pregnancies  and since I have prayed that my children will come to a place in their lives where they recognise their need for a Saviour. Yesterday, one of those prayers was answered.

I bring Precious, our oldest daughter age 4.5, into the first service with me and then she goes to Sunday school during the second service. She’s been sitting with us in church since she was a baby, it’s very familiar to her. One difference is that our church here has an invitation time, where the pastor asks people to make their decisions public. This is how I grew up and it’s familiar to me.

Yesterday, at the end of the service, our pastor was giving the invitation. He always explains how a person can have a personal relationship with Jesus. This is also not unfamiliar to Precious. We have talked about it many times with her in many different ways. As Pastor Matt was talking, Precious looked up at me and said “I want to ask Jesus into my heart.”

I was surprised, but very calmly asked her a few questions. I asked her why she wanted to ask Jesus into her heart and she said because she wanted to go to heaven. I asked her how we know we can go to heaven and she said only if we ask Jesus to forgive our sins. I asked her what sin is and she said the things that we do wrong. And I asked her again if she wanted to ask Jesus into her heart and she said yes. I asked her if she wanted to go talk to Pastor Matt and she said yes. So we trotted off down the aisle.

Our church is pretty small, it seats about 120 comfortably, so the aisle isn’t very long :) But as we walked down the aisle I caught Handsome’s eye (He leads worship so he was singing the invitation song) and smiled at him. He had this surprised/happy look on his face. Pastor Matt also had a very happy look on his face. He talked with Precious for a few minutes and lead her in a prayer.

After it was all over and I was taking Precious to her class, she was bouncing around telling everyone that she asked Jesus into her heart. We took her out for a special lunch at  IHOP (she ordered the special Hoo-Cakes, which looked like a big sugary mess).

That afternoon Handsome and I talked about it, realising that this is the moment that we have longed for since becoming parents. I have often said that, as a mother, there is no greater mission field than my children.

And I also feel even more keenly my responsibility to be an example to my children. The pressure and privilege of being a parent.

And now it’s Monday and life goes on. But the difference is that one life is changed, never to be the same again.

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