Parents caring for a disabled child who pray can tap into the power of prayer to receive great strength, comfort and wisdom as they seek to help their disabled child grow and thrive. Here is a parent’s prayer for a disabled child written by a writer who became disabled as a young child following an accident.
Disabled Child’s Parents Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, I bow before you in prayer, humbly asking that you give me the strength, courage, knowledge and love to face and handle the daily challenges and heartbreaks that I experience in raising the loving but disabled child that you have placed in my hands.
Help me Oh Lord to have patience when my soul is tested and calm me when I am challenged by the results and frustrations that his/her disability causes when trying to overcome the obstacles that he /she constantly faces.
Help me to provide my child with guidance and learning when he/she faces daily challenges and help me to show your love in my words and actions. Provide me with the Peace that Passes All Understanding knowing that this beautiful child is a first a child of yours and a gift to me.
And lastly, help me to instill in my child as he/she grows the knowledge of your love and presence in his/her life.
This I pray in the name of Your precious Son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Scripture: Romans 12:12. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.”
Scripture: Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (KJV)
My Personal Experience
At a very young age I lost most of both hands in an accident involving a piece of farm machinery. It was the strong faith of my parents that supported them through a long period of feeling remorse and guilt concerning the accident. Their faith and much prayer allowed them to be guided by the Holy Spirit in responding to the challenges of raising and teaching me how to grow with the confidence that I could achieve whatever I set my mind to do.
This led me to learn how to live a productive life no different than that of my friends, participating in high school sports, band and other activities leading me to graduate from college and enjoy a long and successful career with a major US corporation. These experiences helped me when I became a parent myself and helped my wife and myself raise three children using the Christian values and teachings I learned from my parents.
I wrote this prayer as a way of expressing my feelings not for myself but for parents who may be enduring the hurt, guilt and sorrow of raising a disabled child. I want to help them discover a closer walk with Jesus that I can look back in retrospect and see was such a source of strength for my parents.
For all parents who have disabled children there is the challenge of caring for and loving that child in ways that may be different than they would with so- called “normal” children. As difficult as I’m sure it was for my parents, they were committed to treating me in every way possible to learn how to do things on my own just as other children do. As an example, they let me learn how to tie a shoe on my own instead of always tying my shoes for me.
I feel that showing undue favoritism or sympathy causes not only disabled children but each and every one of us to be made to feel that we are different and deserve special treatment. This serves only to exacerbate or belittle the victims of such favoritism and sympathy which very often have lasting effects on a child’s self-esteem and desire to exceed and overcome that which others see as an obstacle to normal development and living a normal life.
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