Below are Nicole's thoughts on Chapter 25 of The Power of A Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian. Please know that what we all learn from a study is usually different. Please share what you've learned in the comment section below this post. We'd love to hear from you!
Will my child ever get married?
I'm sure this thought has entered your head just as often as it does mine. I immediately try to push this thought out of my head. I have too much to concentrate on now. Making friends, holding an age appropriate conversation, being friendly, happy and loving life. Why in the world would I want to add more to my plate and think about my child with autism getting married in another 15-20 years?
In Chapter 25, Finding the Perfect Mate, Stormie writes the following...
Some may think these prayers are premature. They are not. Next to their decision to receive Jesus, marriage is the most important decision our children will ever make. It will affect the rest of their lives, not to mention the lives of other family members. The wrong decision can bring misery and pain for everyone concerned. And since only God knows who will make the best marriage partner for anyone, He should be consulted first and He should give the final answer.
Again, we must pray now. We need to pray for our children, especially our children with autism, that they will find the perfect mate. The one that God wants them to share their lives. I know it's such a long way away, but think about, we can get in to the habit now of covering them in this prayer so that when the time comes, it will be easy for them. Our children with autism will grow up into fine young adults. Adults who have jobs, go to school and yes, get married. Let's pray now for their special "other half" now.
Thank you for teaching us the power of praying over our children. We pray for all of the children with autism and their future spouses. We pray that you will help build their future spouse into the person that You need them to be for our children. We pray that you will help our children know who that special person is and when the right time to get married will be.
In Your Name We Pray,
From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate. -Mark 10:6-9
Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. -Hebrews 13:4
Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. -Mark 10:11
He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord. -Proverbs 18:22
You cover the alter of the Lord with tears, with weeping and crying; so He does not regard the offering anymore, nor receive it with good will from your hands. Yet you say, "For what reason?" Because the Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously; yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant. But did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit. And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. For the Lord God of Israel says that He hates divorce. -Malachi 2:13-16