Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Autism Prayer

Below are Nicole's thoughts on Chapter 29 of The Power of A Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian.  Please know that what we all learn from a study is usually different.  Therefore, we encourage you to share what you've learned in the comments section below this post.

Stormie begins Chapter 29, Seeking Wisdom and Discernment, with the following:

Will my child know not to get into a car with a stranger?  Will she see that playing near deep water is dangerous?  Will he just say "No" when peers offer him drugs?  Will she remember to look both ways before crossing a street?  Will he ask the wrong girl to marry him?  Will they be able to sense danger when it is imminent?  

Now let's add autism...
Will my child wander off?  Will my daughter ever really know how to make a real friend?  Will my child know who they can trust and who they can't trust?  Will they know not to just take what they want?  Do they know they real dangers out there in life like fire, water, traffic, etc?

As a parent to a child with autism, we think these things just about every day.  This is the prayer that I would actually consider The Autism Prayer.  This is what I feel like my child needs the most.  He needs to know how to make his own decisions based on what is pleasing to God and not himself.  He needs to know what can hurt him and when to back off.  For me, this is the prayer that I need to pray over him each day.  My child with autism not only needs my guidance throughout his life, he also needs God's guidance in making the right decisions throughout his day.

I thank you for showing us how important it is to pray over our children.  I ask that you give each of our children the wisdom and the discernment they need to make the choices that are pleasing to you.  Help us to remember to pray this prayer over them.
In Your Name We Pray,

Bible Verses from Chapter 29
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who begets a wise child will delight in him.  Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice.  -Proverbs 23:24-25

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom.  And in all your getting, get understanding.  Exalt her, and she will promote you; she will bring you honor, when you embrace her.  -Proverbs 4:7-8

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.  -Psalm 19:7

When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you, understanding will keep you, to deliver you front the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things.  -Proverbs 2:10-12

Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold.  She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.  Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor.  Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her.  -Proverbs 3:13-18

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