Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Prayer Prompt

We have our own lexicon within the autism community.  Professionals of all sorts observe, analyze, and record data while about our children while hopefully simultaneously engaging them in meaningful interaction with love and genuine interest.  We have been blessed to have known and learned from some outstanding therapists in our home and in their clinics.  Early on I considered them personal tutors (to me) and learned from them.  That is the best way to become the quasi-professional moms that our kids require, right?

Do you remember when reminders became prompts? Does you husband respond like mine to aversives?  What reinforcers do you use to stay on your diet?

All kidding aside, we are more like our kids than different  We all need prompts.  Each and every day I receive one from the Systema's at Children of Destiny.  If you request it, they will prompt you too.  Just click on the Daily Prayer Subscription.  They ground each one in a Bible verse which keeps things doctrinally sound.  Since it is World Day of Prayer and Fasting for ASD, there are three verses today.  They also broadcast on Autism One Radio every Sunday.

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”
(Isaiah 58:6, NIV)

“Declare a holy fast ; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.”
(Joel 1:14, NIV)

Dear Father,
As we participate in this fast today, we have two focuses that we are bringing before you in prayer. First, Lord, we pray for ______ (and name others with autism). We know that you are powerful and are able to heal. We come to you today and ask that you would send your healing touch in his/her life in ways we have never seen before. Father, we ask that you would touch him/her with your power, particularly for (name one, two, or several areas of particular concern to you today). Give us strategies, wisdom and understanding over every area in his/her life.
Secondly, we come to you on behalf of all those who are suffering with autism, and those who will be diagnosed in days ahead. Lord, you say that fasting helps to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke and that the oppressed are freed. In Jesus’ mighty Name, we come before you mixing our faith in you with the sacrifice of fasting. We boldly pray that the tide of autism will turn in the lives of individuals and will be wiped from the Earth for future generations!
In Jesus’ Name,

"When you fast do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
(Matthew 6:16-18, NIV)

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