Saving Grace

Acts 16:29-31

The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

Recently I listened to a audio sermon from Africa “The Majesty of God and the Disabled Child”. Rev. Aaron Dunlop brought a heart felt message on the majesty of God shown through the creation of the disabled. He recently had learned that his unborn child was afflicted with cystic fibrosis sis. He talked about his personal journey with learning this news and the church’s responsibility in welcoming all to the great banquet.

At the end of his insightful sermon he gave a take away of how to pray for his child or someone else affected by disabilities. He outlined four types of grace that seem necessary to help this individual grow into a well balanced child of God. These types of grace include: Saving Grace; Sustaining Grace; Sanctifying Grace; Serving Grace. I want to take the next few blogs to expound on these types of grace.

Saving grace is the first prayer. Acts 16:31 tells us to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and we will be saved. This sounds simple, but those of us who have done this know that it takes daily work and dedication to keep our eyes on Jesus and not get lost in the ways of the world. Especially, as a person with a disability. We feel the need to search for acceptance in the people around us. This overwhelming need may take us down rabbit trails that make it difficult to focus on what God is asking of us.

So as we pray for saving grace for someone first and foremost we are praying that they will commit to a life of following Jesus! Once they make this decision it is important to pray for their continued walk. If you are praying for a person specifically, celebrate this great milestone of salvation and ask how you can continue to pray for the person on their journey as a Christian. I know at first, I thought I was invincible in Christ, but I was so thankful to have prayer warriors that I could turn to for strength.

John Maxwell describes a dream as an inspiring picture of future events that energizes your mind, will, and emotions. One that empowers you to do everything to achieve it. All of us thrive through living out our dreams. Sometimes I think as a disabled person we may tend to limit our dreams. This is not necessary. We are capable of doing anything we put our mind to. It may take adaptation to complete certain task, but make sure when you are praying for someone that you do not assume their dreams are impossible due to their disabilities. Pray for their specific dreams and watch God be glorified!

Dream are an incredible blessings. I thank you for praying for a disabled person’s salvation and ultimately to help them achieve their dreams.

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