24 July 2015 by romanin
Something incredible happened the other day. Nathaniel, my 4-year old, asked me a very important question. We had just talked about prayer and about how God promises to answer our prayers when we ask in his name (John 16:23-24) and with the right motivations (James 4:3). As I was putting him to bed, he asked:
Baba (daddy), can you pray for my heart?
Nathaniel: Because my heart is bad
Me: Why is your heart bad?
Nathaniel: Because sometimes I do bad things.
I then talked to Nathaniel about how God promises to cleans our hearts and renew our hearts if we pray to him and ask. And I told him about my own testimony and how my heart used to be bad too (and still is sometimes!) And I read Psalm 51 to him. After that, I prayed for him. He then asked:
Why did you pray for my heart?
Me: Because you asked me to! Nathaniel, why did you ask me to pray for your heart?
Nathaniel: Jesus told me to. Baba, can you baptize me?
Me: You mean in a bathtub?
Nathaniel: I want you to baptize me here in my bed.
Me: Well I think we should do it in a church so people can see.
Nathaniel: OK, but I want you to do it. you can become a pastor and you can baptize me.
Me: Why do you want to be baptized?
Nathaniel: So I can know God better.
I have to say I was so happy. I am not going to say this was my son’s conversion story, but I am so happy to see my 4-year-old grappling with his own sin and salvation! What an amazing thing. He understands more than I realize. I was very encouraged by this. praise God.