An Answer to Prayer

For nearly seven years, Allen and I have prayed every day that our kids would accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. And God answered those countless prayers for all three of our children within just twelve hours of each other!

Sunday night, as we were praying with the kids before bed, Hudson (age 3) prayed a very heartfelt and unprompted prayer to ask Jesus to forgive his sins and live in his heart forever. Allen and I were stunned (why are we always surprised when God answers our prayers?!). We left it for the night, but yesterday morning, we took Hudson aside to ask him about it. We talked through everything: does Hudson know he’s a sinner? Who is Jesus? What did Jesus do for us? Why? And all of his answers were spot-on. He got it. At age three (and a half), Hudson’s childlike faith lead him to the throne of our God for salvation.

He ran back inside after our conversation and told his sisters, “Jesus lives in my heart!” and next thing we knew, Ruth (age 6) and Clara (almost 5) were at our bedroom door wanting to ask Jesus to forgive their sins, too. We talked to Ruth first, then Clara. We asked them each all the same questions. And their answers proved their understanding of sin and Jesus’s gift of salvation. Ruth and Clara both prayed to ask Jesus to forgive their sins and live in their hearts!

Allen and I were both in such awe that God really used Hudson – who isn’t even potty trained yet! – to help bring Ruth and Clara to Christ. We’ve had countless conversations with all three of them about sin, how it separates us from God, and how the only way we can be with God forever is by asking Jesus to forgive our sins. We’ve talked at length about the Holy Spirit indwelling us, about eternal life, about sanctification… but it was a three year old’s excitement to have Jesus in his heart that God used to bring Clara and Ruth to the moment of their salvation, too.

We celebrated by walking to the ice cream shop down the hill and by giving each of the kids a Bible we purchased by faith years ago and had set aside for such a day as this.

We know that as they grow in their faith, God will continue to deepen their understanding of sin, salvation, sanctification, and so much more. And yet…

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2.8-9

Through a childlike faith, our kids’ names are in the Lamb’s book of Life forever. We’re so abundantly thankful to God.

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