"Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." ~Romans 10:9
The other day I heard my son singing as he was coloring in the school room. I stopped to listen to the words. To my surprise he was singing Laura Story's song This is the day it sounded like this: "this is the day of my salvation, I will rejoice in God my Savior". As I heard this, I just said to the Lord, "please make this true and bring him to You Lord."
I think many people believe that children/adults with special needs don't have the mental capacity to understand about repentance and salvation. However, I know that the Lord doesn't make mistakes and He can save anyone who will come to Him. As I raise my boys, even through cognitive challenges, I have seen them soft to the Lord and they do understand that repenting of sin and turning to Jesus is the most important thing in their life.
I encourage you to not buy into the lie that the world has for anyone who has special needs or challenges and wants to set them aside because they don't have the ability to understand the Word of the Lord or salvation. This is not true. God can reach them. What are we teaching them? What are they around all day? Do we read the word and sing worship sons that proclaim who the Lord is and what he has done? I believe they will understand no matter what their cognitive level. Blessings as you pray for your son's today!
Encouragement from Brooke
There is NOTHING my heart yearns for more than my sons' salvations. To quote from the eBook:
"Day after day you will parent, intentionally seeking the heart of your son. But until the King of kings and Lord of lords turns his heart of stone to a heart of flesh, your son's actions will be
motivated by what is pleasing to him, rather than what is pleasing to the Lord." p. 15
Everything hinges on this. Oh, we can pray for protection, good friends and influences and positive, fruit-bearing experiences for our sons along the way. But until their hearts submit to Jesus they will continue to choose themselves and their own way.
Elyse Fitzpatrick, in her book entitled, Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus, says “There is no easy way to say it, but it must be said: parents and churches are not passing on a robust Christian faith and an accompanying commitment to the church.”
Take a moment today to look long and hard at your parenting. Is it Gospel-centered, or have you allowed the world's “stinking thinking” to creep into your home?
Goal for today:
1. Commit to praying the ten prayers in the salvation chapter during day nineteen.
2. Pray hard today for your son's salvation. There is nothing so important as this.
May __________ confess with his mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in his heart that God raised Him from the dead, and be saved (Romans 10:9).
May__________be saved by grace through faith. Not of his own doing; but the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).
May__________believe in the God who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of His own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began (2 Timothy 1:9).
May__________fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will work for him today (Exodus 14:13).
May the LORD be__________'s light and his salvation; whom shall he fear? May the LORD be the stronghold of his life; of whom shall he be afraid? (Psalm 27:1).
May__________take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17).
May__________work out his own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).
May__________be guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:5).
Lord, make Your face shine on__________; save him in Your steadfast love (Psalm 31:16).
Lord, save__________to the uttermost as he draws near to God through Christ (Hebrews 7:25).