May 23, 2020
Prayer Topic #8:
A Prayer for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Psalm 119:65-72, Romans 8:26-28
Reflections of the Heart:
As you count the Omer this evening, say this, “This is the 45th day of the Omer. We praise You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us by Jesus Christ, our eternal Redeemer and Savior, and commanded us to count the Omer. By faith, we wait with joyful hearts to celebrate the sending of Your Holy Spirit.”
Blessed Father, we thank You for parents of children with special needs. Thank You for the grace You give them to remain faithful to care for their children day in and day out. Thank You Lord for the shining example of unselfish love and mercy. Father, we give You thanks with all our hearts. We will sing Your praises before the gods. We bow before Your holy Temple as we worship. We praise Your Name for Your unfailing love and faithfulness. Your promises are backed by all the honor of Your Name. As soon as we pray, You answer us, encouraging us and giving us strength. Though You are great, You care for the humble, but You keep Your distance from the proud. We exalt You, Lord! There is truly no other god worthy of our total praise but You!
Heavenly Father, those parents who care for children with special needs hold a special place within Your Kingdom. We declare that Your joy is their strength. They face the demands of caring for their children with special needs by the power of the Holy Spirit who equips and enables them each day. Lord, we confess that when they face times of stress and frustration, You will comfort them as a mother comforts her child, and they will be comforted. We decree that they have the wisdom and compassion to encourage their children and they inspire them with hope through love. Certain aspects of their daily tasks may be unpleasant, but we believe that the joy of Your salvation restores to them. We declare that in everything they do for their children they do it all for Your glory.
List those parents with special needs children that you know and pray for them by name today:
Holy Spirit, we ask that You help the parents with special needs children within our Church Family to be wise about taking care of themselves so that they will be prepared to meet the needs of their children. Help them to get proper rest and nutrition for their own well-being. Show them how to stay consistent in the study of Your Word, for it is a lamp to guide their feet and a light for their path. May they never be too prideful or stubborn to receive help from others when they need it. Keep them humble and help them to be fully aware of their personal limitations. Teach them to depend upon You to do what they cannot do, for themselves and for their special needs children they care for. Open new doors of opportunity to help them gain access to resources, information, and equipment that they need to give quality care to their children. Touch the hearts of their family members and friends to recognize when they need a break, and to be unselfish and cooperative when they give assistance. Let parents know that they are not alone, but that You are with them.
Merciful Father, forgive parents with special needs children for all acts of sinfulness. Forgive those who have slacked in their caregiving responsibilities. Forgive those who have unforgiveness and resentment in their hearts. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that You have committed). Holy Spirit, remind parents with special needs children of all those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that You may need to forgive. As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in Your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help parents with special needs children not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.
Royal King, salvation and glory and power belong to You. You are the Lord our God; the Almighty who reigns. True wisdom and power are found in You. Counsel and understanding are Yours. You are a Father to the fatherless, defender of widows. This is who You are, and Your dwelling is holy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text:
Psalm 138:1-3,6, Nehemiah 8:10, Isaiah 66;13 NKJV, Psalm 51:12, I Corinthians 10:31, I Corinthians 6:19, Psalm 119:105, Matthew 6:13, Revelation 19:1,6, Job 12:13, Psalm 68:5
Today, I will trust God to:
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