Ever since Anna was a baby, we have gone through the Bible chronologically a number of times. As we read through, we talked not only about the Bible account we were reading that day, but also how everything in the Bible points to our sin, our need of a Saviour and how Jesus died for our sins and only he can take away our sins. When she disobeyed, we told her that the Bible says that Anna needs to obey mama and papa. That it is sin to disobey and that she needs Jesus to help her obey.
Many times my heart would break as she would say "Anna doesn't have Jesus." I would weep when I heard her asking Jesus to come into her heart and clean her, then say "Jesus, where are you?" She'd begin looking under the bed saying, "I don't see Jesus, Mama." Then she raised her voice louder and said "Jesus, please come. Please, Please!"
Today, we read about Jesus dying on the cross for us and while we were doing devotions, Anna said, "Papa, Anna wants to pray." We continued with devotions...Anna a little more urgently, "Papa, Anna needs to pray." A little while later, with her head bowed, hands covering her eyes and with even more urgency, "Please, Papa. Anna needs to pray." Eric, "Okay, Anna. You can pray."
"Dear Jesus, Thank you for my sins. Thank you for Jesus dying for my sins. Please clean my sins. Help me to obey Mama and Papa. Amen." She then went to the picture we had of Jesus on the cross, kissed it and said, "Thank you, Jesus, for dying for my sins."
We never taught her a 'prayer' to say, just the Bible. We were shocked and didn't know what to think. We wondered, "Was she truly accepting Christ as her Saviour? Did she really know what she was doing?" Our first thought was, "She didn't have repentance." Then we remembered that as soon as she had asked Jesus to cleanse her heart and acknowledged her sin of disobedience, she asked Jesus to help her to obey her Mama and Papa.
Later, when we asked her what she prayed, she said she prayed for Jesus to come into her heart. When we asked what Jesus did, she just smiled and rubbed her hands over her heart in a cleaning motion.
In our eyes she seemed too young, but Anna was very sincere and Jesus says to come unto Him as a child with child-like faith. She recognized her need and of her own will, came and asked Jesus to save her from her sins. Our prayer for our children has always been that they will accept Jesus as soon as they come to understand the Gospel. We will continue to train our children up in the Bible, chronologically each morning and Psalms or Proverbs in the evenings, and ask that you pray that each of our children come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.