Heavenly Father,

Parents of those children with unique challenges are on my heart today. I want to lift them before You and ask that You refresh and restore them. I know their burden is heavy and almost non-stop. These moms and dads often feel inadequate…although I see them doing an amazing job. The sacrifice these moms and dads make does not go unnoticed. I pray You encourage them in their often difficult journey today. Use a hug, scribbly picture, sloppy kiss, or any of the creative ways You can to give them that boost they need to keep going. Help them realize You placed these exact children in their care, trusting they would be the perfect parents for that particular child. Remind them they do not have to do this alone…that You are with them every step of the way. Help them grow in their expertise of how to raise their unique child the way only they can. Surround them with people who will cheer them on in their rough times instead of being critical. Give them a whole team of support in their families, schools, churches, neighbors who will come to love and support these unique children and parents for who they are.

I pray for foster parents who open their homes and hearts to kids who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned; to children who have been moved from place to place without warning; kids who have been ripped apart (and sometimes saved) from their biological families; to children who have learned not to trust and have had to look out for themselves at a very early age. How I pray for the parents of these special children who have to learn to deal with the outbursts, insecurities and emotional trauma and provide a safe loving home. I pray for the parents of kids who have Attention disorders, mental or development issues, social disturbances, and medical challenges that cause the moms and dads to become experts as they do everything they can to help their child. Thank You for the love I see poured out.

Really, every single child has special needs, and requires a parent to help guide them to maturity. However, some have much higher needs than others which demand an even larger sacrifice from the parents. Lord, I hold up these hero parents to You now and ask that You give them all they need to help these children to become all You created them to be. After all, we are all Your special needs children…and You, alone, know exactly what we need to grow to be Your perfect sons and daughters through Jesus Christ.

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“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly beloved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”  Ephesians 5:1-2

“Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth.”  Psalm 127:3

“He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.” Proverbs 14:26

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Prayer Prompt-

Heavenly Father, I pray for these parents….

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