Augustine’s mother once asked a bishop to talk to her son. The bishop replied, “No...pray to the Lord that he will discover by reading what his error is.” Seeing her devout commitment to praying for her son’s repentance, the bishop “looked deeply into Monica’s weeping eyes and said: But be sure of this...It is impossible that the son of these tears should perish.”

After many years of perverted and riotous living, the Lord penetrated Augustine’s hardened heart by orchestrating circumstances in which he read Romans 13:14 “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

In an instant, Augustine understood that Jesus was his only answer. When he received Christ as Savior, his mother danced with joy. In his book Confessions, Augustine wrote, “Thou didst call, and cry, and burst my deafness. Thou didst gleam, and glow, and dispel my blindness. Thou didst touch me, and I burned for thy peace.”

Augustine spent the remaining 40 years of his life defending the doctrines of the Christian church. God answered the determined prayers of his godly mother, and brought a change of heart to a man who went on to set the tone for Western Christian theology and thought for centuries.

God is the only One who can draw the prodigal to Himself. Augustine’s mother had a tremendous influence through prayers. And you can do the same through your quiet and consistent intercession. Will you determine to faithfully pray for your son? Don’t ever give up!

Adapted from Moms Raising Sons to be Men. Copyright © 2013 by Rhonda Stoppe. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon. Used by Permission.

Rhonda Stoppe is an accomplished and enthusiastic Christian speaker with more than 20 years' experience in ministry to youth and women. Also a pastor's wife, she and her husband, Steve, minister in Northern California and have four growth children - two sons and two daughters.

Publication date: April 30, 2013