We are a family that prays before we eat. Silas is now usually the one who is saying ‘pray, pray’ before Amber and I have sat down. It hasn’t been always like that though … he went through a good period where he talked during the prayer. He also went through a period where I would start the prayer ‘Dear Jesus…’ and he would scream AMEN! right after that. Nevertheless, we’ve tried to be consistent with him and teach him to listen when someone else is praying, to say Amen after the person praying says it, etc, etc.
Recently, we have started having him repeat a prayer with us. For example, '”Dear Jesus, thank your for my food. I love you. In Jesus Name, Amen”. Well, Amber called me after lunch and said here’s how lunch went…
Amber: Silas, do you want to pray or Mama?
Amber: OK, I’ll pray
Silas: No, Sassy (Silas calls himself ‘Sassy’ … not a fan of that at all … it started when our babysitter’s little girl started calling him that because she couldn’t say ‘Silas’ and now it’s stuck.
Amber: OK, Silas will pray
(Amber paused for a couple seconds here and was about ready to have Silas repeat her when…)
Silas: Dear Jesus, I love you. Amen.
ALL BY HIMSELF! So proud of my boy … he’s growing up so fast … I can’t believe he will be 2 next month. That’s just crazy. How does that happen?!?!
OK, fast forward to supper tonight. Of course I want to see him pray again. So I set the camcorder on the table (if I hold it in my hand, he’s as quiet as a mouse). Check out the video below….
OK, his eyes back and forth CRACK ME UP. And yes, I had to prompt him with ‘Dear Jesus’ but he said everything else himself :) … To interpret the Silas-speak, he said “Dear Jesus, thank you. I love you. Amen'”
Every night when Silas and I get done lotioning up, reading a Bible Story and a couple books, I turn the light out, sing a couple songs to him, and pray over him. My nightly prayer is that Silas will come to know Jesus at a young age and will follow Him all his days. Lord Jesus, thank you for your work in Silas, for the health you’ve given him and his heart that is full of love. Continue to reveal yourself to Silas so he may understand who you are and follow Your plans for his life. Thank you LORD JESUS! AMEN!