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Friday, October 5, 2012

Can God Heal Autism?

This Devotion was inspired by Hillsong’s Healer. Click the link to see it on Youtube. 
  
My son has autism. What does that mean? It means he has a cluster of developmental delays that make him less functional in society without someone’s help.

 It started out as a language delay. We didn’t panic at first becauscommunicatione this type of delay ran on both sides of our family. Those members who’d suffered it were currently either financially well off or verbally advanced, so we waited for my son to do the same. His physical delays were less apparent. They ebbed and flowed with each test. Sometimes on target, sometimes behind. His social-skills remained above age level.

 We’d hoped the language would fill in one day as it had for others we’d known. But it didn’t. So, I looked into therapies and treatments and supplements to make him well. And I prayed. No, this is not one of stormsthose stories where I came to God as a last resort. We were together on this one from the beginning. He kept me calm through the storms, though some of the storms were of my own making.

 But what does one pray for as the mother of an autistic boy? The right assistance? The right therapy to fix him? Or out-and-out healing? Which prayer demonstrates the appropriate level of faith (you know, moving mountains and all that) and which prayer embodies humility, understanding the sovereignty of God’s will (His grace being sufficient)?

I still don’t have the answer to that question so I pray them all. God is BIG! Did you know that? He’s huge. And powerful! So I didn’t think it a bad thing to pray my son be healed. But it seems others did. When I asked them to pray for healing, they’d look at me with pity in their eyes as though they believed my faith hinged on the discontinuation of his diagnosis. It made me sad. Sad they thought so little of me and worse they thought so little of God.

I had an acquaintance whose non-verbal eleven-year-old began to speak after 6 weeks of treatment with a research doctor. I prayermet her the week I’d been fasting and praying for answers. But what made her story amazing is that she also had a team of people covering her son in prayer every day of that treatment. We now go to this same doctor and have gotten great benefit from the treatment, just not like hers. I could never find a group of people willing to pray big things. They worried more about me than they did my son. Sigh!

Don’t get me wrong. I am not of the name-it and claim-it church. God doesn’t always give us exactly what we want, when we want it. Though Paul healed many, he writes of those who remained sick. He, himself, carried a thorn that was a reminder of God’s beautiful Grace. All, but one, apostle was martyred for Christ. Sometimes bad things happen and God shows His greatness in spite of, or even because of, those things. God has blessed me in so many ways through the gentle gift of my beautiful boy. This young man shows love and concern like no other without uttering a word. Truly living his gift rather than just speaking it. He’s grown my daughter in enormous ways that she’d never have known had she had a “normal” brother. He brings me peace with just a gentle touch of his fingers. I am blessed.

One of the words my son can say is “pray.” And he knows when to say it. He is the one to remind me to seek my Creator in time of need. He’s recently begun to say it often throughout the day. So I do. I pray for his healing. Not because I think God WILL heal my son, but because I KNOW He CAN. It is my testament of faith in His power. And still, I know He is not only omnipotent, but omniscient. He knows what is best for me and my son’s ministry for His Glory. He has a better plan than I can even imagine, and it just may include autism.

I submit to that plan.

 He is Good! 

Mark 9:14-29

Oh, and if you are so inclined, feel free to pray for my son. I won’t mind :o)!!! Let me know and I will return the favor—Comment below.


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Other posts you might like:

Jake The Encourager—by H.L. Wegley
Signs of God
Eleven Days Past Autism Awareness Month














115 comments:

  1. Connie, you're a beautiful, loving mom for wanting the best for you son. I was so touched that out of all the words in the human language that your son can say the word pray. I will be praying for him, and for you. May His love continue to reach your son, and may your son's love continue to reach out to you and others.

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  2. Thank you so much, Elaine. It is amazing that "pray" is among his few words. If this were his only gift (which it surely is not) it would have infinite impact. Too many see those with special needs as having somehow less value than those who have high IQs. But you can probably guess, I do not. Some seemingly small things have great result. Prayer is one of those things!!! And my son is all over that.

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  3. I will pray for u n ur son. Please pray 4 me n my wife and son Matthew. I truely believe God will heal our sons.

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    1. I am praying and will pray for you, your wife and your son Matthew. Your son has a wonderful name. It means "gift of God." I pray for healing. I pray he will become all of the gift God has meant him to be. Blessings from my heart!!!

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    2. Your story is touching and I can relate, having a five year old dxed when he was two and a half. I encourage you to continue to seek out people who are BIG in their faith. We can always use prayer covering and the prayer of righteous people avails much. Sometimes I think autism is a gift to help us become better people, learning things about human beings and the world around us that we may not have otherwise known. My husband and I are on the spectrum, but our son has more challenges then we had growing up. I KNOW God WILL heal our son; each day he improves but I also got people praying for me who believe that his healing is possible. Those who do not, we pray for them to have greater faith. So sad when we make God too small! Bless your Spirit!

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  4. Chaplain Thomas WagnerMarch 9, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Praying for your son!

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    1. Thank you so much. It is greatly appreciated!!!

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  5. Connie, please listen to this from Charles Stanley. It is the March 13 and 14 sermons titled "An Awesome Privilege - Part 1" and part 2. I think it will help you and any issues there are with prayer. http://www.intouch.org/Broadcast/AudioArchives.aspx

    ~Aaron

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    1. Thank you, Aaron. I just spent an hour listening to these. I’d encourage others to do the same—especially part two. The meat of the issue, as with what we are talking about in this post, is that prayer is FIRST about fellowship with Him—Amen! And that covers over everything else. Really!!! Additionally, He always answers in the affirmative when what we ask is GOOD in His loving and omniscient Will. Through my prayers on this issue, I’ve found both very true!

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  6. I love your piece and I am praying for you. We have a beautiful son, he is 2yrs 9 months, he has symptoms of Autism, but I believe that God is at work to rid his system of every trace of autism. I strongly believe that God's will is healing and that it is the devil that sits at the root of sickness. Jesus healed so many because He has compassion for sick people. the question is, if I took my son to Jesus, will He heal him? I believe He will. I believe God heals today and He wants to heal more. I pray that we all find healing for our kids and for ourselves

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    1. Amen! I will pray for your son also. God will bless you through him.

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  7. God sent to me an angel,
    it had a broken wing.
    I bent my head and wondered
    “How could God do such a thing?”
    When I asked the Father
    why He sent this child to me,
    the answer was forthcoming,
    He said “Listen and you’ll see.”
    “My children are all precious,
    and none is like the rest.
    Each one to me is special,
    and the least is as the best.
    I send each one from Heaven
    and I place it in the care
    of those who know my mercy,
    those with love to spare.
    Sometimes I take them back again.
    Sometimes I let them stay.
    No matter what may happen
    I am never far away.
    So if you find an angel
    and you don’t know what to do,
    remember, I am with you,
    love is all I ask of you.”

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    1. Beautiful! Thank you!!! I love what Paul says in one of his letters about the members of the Body we think are weaker--They are indispensable!!!

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  8. Hi Connie, I have a daughter with autism who is making a slow recovery. Similar to others here I see the will of God revealed in the life of Jesus who went about healing people wherever he went. You may find help and encouragement from the ministries and testimonies associated with people like Randy Clark (Global Awakening) and Ian Andrews (Citadel). God bless you and your family, Des

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  9. Thank you, Des. I'll look into those resources. Also, know I'm praying for your daughter that she becomes all of what God has planned for her. And Him being a Master Craftsman, I know it will be beautiful.

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  10. Thank you God for giving me a son with autism. I know you are in control of the situation. I will not give up. I will keep fighting. Thank you God.

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    1. And thank you Lord for your steadfastness, love and Joy through all situations.

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  11. i have a brother who has autism and im kind of losing faith for he is 16 years old!! my family is waiting idk wat to do..

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    1. Hi.
      I know sometimes it feels like God is not there when we’re struggling. I know I’ve felt that way many times in my life. That’s why my favorite verse in the Bible is Psalm 77:3 “I remembered You, O God, and I groaned.” I found solace in the idea that a Psalmist charged with the writing of God’s Words also wanted to forget Him, but in the end, remained true. Maybe the same can happen for me as well. Don’t know if that sounds crazy, but it’s how I think.
      When we experience hard times, we are always tempted to walk away from Him because He isn’t doing what we want. But these are the times we need Him MOST. He is our refuge and strength. He is the shoulder to cry on. He’s the ear to listen. He knows us better than anyone else and loves us in spite of all He knows. Cry out to Him as the Psalmists do. Let Him be the shepherd who leads you to quiet waters and restores your soul (Psalm 23). His power is made perfect in our weaknesses.
      I will pray for you and your family. May you see glimpses of God in your life today.
      If you’d like to tell me about your brother, feel free to email me. It’s in the “contact me” tab. I’d love to hear more.

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  12. I found this prayer on the internet: "Dear Father, forgive me and my nation for our sins. We have failed to look to You for help with this disorder called autism. Forgive us. I pray that You will lead us to find a cure for autism. Lord, You made us, You know each cell of our body, You know where autism originates, You know what goes wrong in people with autism, You know what will cure this disorder. Lord I pray for a miraculous cure for all children with autism. Please give families strength to deal with autism. Give them wisdom and help them find people who will truly help them and not take advantage of them. Lord, I pray also that You would lead researchers to find a cure for autism. Help the researchers to be humble, to seek You, to understand the connections between the physical, biological, chemical, and immunological findings in autism research. Open their eyes to find new connections and help parents to share their own discoveries and findings. Let there be a new cooperation among the researchers that will lead to a true cure for all autism. I give You the glory for this cure. Thank You, Lord, for hearing my prayer. Thank You, Lord, for having mercy on the thousands of children with autism. I pray this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior. Amen." ~GJH~

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  13. There is a video on youtube called: Autism made in the U.S.A
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=smywi4NjigU
    This was the answer God led me to, when I asked why my son has autism.

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    1. This video talks about the autism debate and what causes it. Very controversial, but needs to be looked at with fresh, unbiased eyes. I’ve read much on this debate and do not feel I have any one answer. In fact, I don’t think there is any ONE answer. My own belief is that each kid has a combination of factors that have caused it and no one child is impacted by the same exact combination. That’s what makes it so hard to pin it down in research. However, much needs to be looked into and we need to be careful not to assume that just because one doctor has ruled something out that it can’t be implicated. Much prayer and research needs to be done!!! Thank you for sharing this link. My son’s doctor is in this video.

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  14. You make good points Connie.

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  15. Dear Carol,

    Just read your post. And You are correct God is bigger than Autism, Thank you for believing in God

    I have been having a lot of success in healing, and I want to share with you my findings. Here are the scriptures that I am basing it on.

    Mark 16:17-18
    These signs will follow those who believe, in my name they will cast out demons.….they will lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
    This is Jesus tell us what to do before he went back to heaven.
    Those WHO BELIEVE. If you believe in Jesus, this is YOU.
    In JESUS name, YOU will lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover
    Matt 10:7-8
    As you go proclaim this message , The kingdom of heaven has come near, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons….
    Luke 10:9
    Heal the sick who are there and tell them “The Kingdom of God has come near to you”
    If you read the bible, apart from James 5:15-16. There is no where in the bible that tells you to “pray for the sick”. It tells us to “heal the sick.”

    So instead of praying to the Father for healing, God has already provided that authority to you in the name of Jesus. It is God’s will that you go out and administer the healing. God is our father, and it clearly says, an earthly father will not give the child a snake when he ask for fish. Ask yourself, as a parent would you want to see your kid showing symptoms of autism? NO! then neither does the father in heaven!

    Autism, like Cancer is the works of the devil John 10:10, its purpose is to kill, steal and destroy. Jesus came to give life, and life abundantly.

    It is very simple. This is what you do.
    You speak to the problem (Autism), think of it as a demon, . And you command it to do what you want it to do. Which is leave. You say this in Jesus name. And you will see changes. The key is you believe God’s word, word for word. And you are meaning what you say, and you have a focused intention when you talk to autism, when you are commanding it. Settle it in your mind. God,s word says, Believers in Jesus name will cast out demons, heal the sick with the laying on of hands. And hence it will happen. If the Problem is fighting it. You just keep at it. It has to go. Autism knows it, the body knows it. They all know who Jesus is.

    So, you take your son, and you say in faith that what you say will happen, and you do it with expectation because God’s word is true.
    In Jesus name, Autism I command you to let go of (your son), I command you to Leave now in Jesus name! Check for things that he was not able to do before, and ask him to do it. And then keep commanding Autism to go.

    So Carol, let me know how it goes, As you see the changes, you will have more faith that God is not a God of talks, he follows through on his words. I have other scriptures and materials that can help you understand, and hence bring the healing that God wants on his children. Healing is in the atonement, like Salvation, God wants to co-labor with us to bring the good news to the world.

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    1. could you please share the materials and scriptures with me pls if you dont mind. i have a child that is autistic, he just turned 4 yrs, and i just started fasting yesterday, i'm doing a 30 day fast and im llooking into the scriptures to see where to really focus my reading. i would appreciate your materials.

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    2. Please pray for me... I do believe in the words that you are saying here... I belive that a person I'd been praying for 5 years... is practically heal from autism... but need to face him... Please pray that this man takes courage to face me so I can pray for him.. in JESUS name!

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  16. Some might have seen this video.
    Carly Fleischmann

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNZVV4Ciccg

    IF you view it in this light. Our children needs to be set free from the bondage that they are in.

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    1. This video reminds me of one I'd seen years ago. One reason why I assume there is more going on inside my son than could be thought from his behavior. Yes, they are in bondage to this disorder. I will pray my son be set free.

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    2. Thank you Albert for sharing that I have a son that has Autism and I am a believer in Jesus Christ and I believe in the laying of the hands but Ia have never done that myself on my son I am going to do it.. Again Thank you so Much and may God Bless you and Yours in Jesus Name.. Blessings Always, Aida from Concord,NC

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  17. THANK YOU ALBERT FOR SHARING THAT INFORMATION. JESUS CHRIST IS GOD.

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  18. Yes Albert. Thank you for this. I'll be looking at the video and praying!

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  19. Albert I wanted to share with you that last night, I did what you recommended; I order autism out of my son in the name of Jesus Christ. This morning, my son woke up crying, he had not done that in a while. The first thing that came to my mind was spiritual warfare. So I laid my hand on my son, and commanded autism to leave my son's body. He finally calms down and was relaxed. Today was the first time ever that he plays with me, tossing the ball, back and forth for about 5 minutes. I know, what you said is true. God (Jesus Christ) is curing my son right before my eyes. Thank you for sharing that with us. And thank you God (Jesus Christ) for your love.

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  20. The family next door has a boy whom I believe may have autism. For the past 2.5 years I thought he was just unruly (poor parenting), but recently & quite out of the blue, it occurred to me his behavior may be caused by a disorder - such as autism. He screams constantly (like an animal) and grunts... Not many verbalized words.

    Thanks for posting your thoughts here. I will start praying for both the boy and his family. They are Indian - so I'm not sure how to go about (a) inquiring about whether the boy has autism and (b) laying hands on the boy in prayer. I'll start on my own & see what happens.

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    1. I used to work in daycare and wondered about the parenting of some of my students. I look back now and realize many of these kids had something else going on, ADD or Autistic Spectrum. My son is a very sweet boy despite the autism. But certain types of illnesses will change him dramatically! He will become aggressive and scream. Very unusual for him, but I know he is in deep distress when it happens. I think most of those who have outbursts are probably in horrible, chronic pain. Yes, pray for them. You wouldn't want to live like that!!!

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  21. I had a boy with autism and he is 4 years old and hyperactive. When he's on meltdown mode, I feel the demon attack me and angry at him. I just wondering if God can heal him in Jesus name. Sometimes I find it hard to look after children like that, but sometimes I remember God will always be on my side. Hope you guys can pray for him as well

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    1. I don't know the plan God has for you or your boy. I know if you seek the Lord in this time He will be with you. I believe God can heal autism, but I also believe His goals and ours are not the same. Sometimes He may have a plan and autism may be part of it. Seek Him and walk with Him one step at a time. My son is usually very mellow, but last summer he became very aggressive--throwing things and the like. When he got like this I always held his limbs and prayed, and it always made a difference. My son LOVES when I pray with him. I feel God has used these times to draw me nearer to Him, and I am thankful. I also believe my son's outbursts were (and are) a result of a chronic infection his body can't fight completely alone. I have since used natural anti-microbials to manage these and the outbursts have dramatically diminished. Still, I pray for (and about) total healing. I will pray for your son as well!!!

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  22. hi Connie, i will pray for you and your son and that god will cure him of his autism. i also have a son with autism and was having a bad couple days here lately and i just came across this website not knowing what i would find. and didn't think i would read exactly what i needed to hear. That god had a plan for my son and i greater than i could ever imagine.i think he lead me to this website i needed the positive re-enforcement....Thank you and to everyone that left a comment for me to read you have no idea how i needed those positive words. God Bless all of you and your families.

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    1. So glad you found this site, and that it was helpful. Thanks for the prayers--more powerful than any medicine or treatment!!! Aren't those comments great??? I've learned a lot from readers. That's what I love about blogging, especially when the community contributes.

      Thank you all!!!

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  23. My son also suffers from autism. It can be very overwhelming at times, I am constantly praying for a cure for him, and anyone else who is affected by autism. Prayer really can change things. We must know that the devil is defeated, so is autism. In Jesus name we pray our children and loved ones will be delivered from autism.

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  24. My brother has autism and I hope you guys pray him. Autism does not deserve to be on this earth it does not deserve to be in humans bodies. I am thankful for him
    but, I hope the autism goes. PLEASE PRAY. Thank you.


    Lee

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    1. Lee, I am praying, and will continue to pray, for your brother!

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  25. My son is 2yrs and 9 months old. He has autism, my guess it was an environmental factor that caused it. He is a happy toddler. He is currently attending an early intervention "day care" three days a week and goes to speech therapy on Saturdays. Regional Center (state of CA) will provide us with ABA services in about 3 weeks. It has been a tough road for me and my wife and son. But God has a reason, for our journey. God, thank you for all your blessings, it's been hard, but our lives are in your hands and we trust in you. Check out this link it's talk by Louie Giglio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGTI1I_A3Dk

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    1. Yes, God has a reason. And when we look back, our mouths will drop open in awe for it's genius. "Oh, I get it!" Can't tell you how many times I've done that with God.

      Now that you have commented, I will be praying for you, your son and your family. You are part of this autism prayer family. I come back to it regularly to pray for the families who shared their stories here. I hope others will do the same!

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  26. My daughter has Autism. Please pray for her.

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    1. I will be praying regularly for your daughter and your family!

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  27. Prayer for Autism taken from "Healing the Whole Man Handbook" by Joan Hunter

    1. Gently and with a quiet attitude, hold the person if possible.
    2. Speaking softly but firmly, command the spirit of autism to go in Jesus name.
    3. Lay on hands and command a new brain and the total restoration of the nervous system.
    4. Speak the peace of God into their heart and soul.

    Father God, we declare that by Jesus' stripes, we have been healed. We command the spirit of autism to go in Jesus' name from those who have autism here. We command a new brain and the total restoration of the nervous system, and the magnetic and chemical frequencies in the brain and body to come into normal balance in Jesus' name. We bind and cast out the spirit of fear and trauma from their hearts and we speak peace, healing, life and wholeness into their heart and soul in Jesus' mighty name. Amen. - Hannah Lim

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    1. My daughter is three. She is a beautiful and wonderful girl who was diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum last December. We have recently began praying for her healing and complete recovery and have seen some improvements. Tonight I prayed the declaration above and anointed her. She was quiet then she KISSED me several times afterward as if to thank me!! God is so good and faithful!! I will continue to pray for all of you who want healing for our children.

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  28. Dear parents,

    My heart goes out to all of you who have a child(ren) with autism or special needs. I believe Jesus is with you as you walk this journey with your child(ren).

    Here are some free resources which you can receive daily upon subscription. I pray they will encourage and help you along in your journey so that you do not become weary or give up hope:-

    1. Daily prayers and a Bible verse to meditate on:
    http://www.childrenofdestiny.org/

    2. Daily Bible reading/devotion to strengthen your faith that Jesus heals:
    http://www.woctulsa.org/index.php?option=com_devotional&Itemid=112&no_redirect=true

    Take care. Look to Jesus at all times!

    Hannah Lim

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    1. Thanks again, Hannah. I've been blessed by Children of Destiny for many years. I'll look into the other resource.

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  29. Dear parents,

    I want to share two testimonies to encourage all of You to believe in Jesus and that He who healed when He was on earth 2,000 years ago is still the same Saviour and Healer today.

    Testimony #1
    My pastor's son, Samuel, had autism and dyslexia. He couldn't even talk, screamed and could not sit still when he was young. His parents kept on praying for him and believing in Jesus for His healing.

    By God's grace and healing power, he was healed and he will be going to university soon to study civil engineering! Now he prays for healing for the special needs children in my church.

    Testimony #2
    There is this child in church who didn't speak since young and his mum has given up hope. About a few weeks ago during worship, he suddenly said "Praise the Lord!"

    Isn't Jesus wonderful?

    I would like to encourage you to let your children listen to the audio Bible throughout the day, even when they sleep, so that their spirit could be fed by God's Word which is life and light to them. You can download a free children's audio Bible from this link:-

    http://www.bible.is/audiodownloader

    1. Select language: English

    2. Select version: 2001 English Standard KIDZ Bible Audio Drama

    3. Create free account. This will enable you to download the free audio Bible into your computer

    Hannah Lim

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  30. My twin boys age 2 were both diagnosed with ASD last week. I believe God is the giver of life and He has a purpose why He gave us these boys. I felt lost when the diagnosis was made - I have a daughter, she is turning 7 and she loves the Lord. I asked the Lord why this happened - what is His plan for my boys? I pray for healing and reversal as well as strength to endure the days to come. And ready to testify to the world.

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    1. Oh I remember the first time a doctor made us feel all was lost. I write about it in a post called "Signs of God." I know, since then, that my son's diagnosis actually helped my daughter--his younger sister. I learned a lot of stuff about natural supplements that benefitted her a great deal. I also believe she is a much more appreciative and mature young woman because of it. They've always adored each other. I am very grateful for that!!!

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  31. God is good. Thank you Connie, and thanks to Hannah for giving encouragement. I ask that you please say a prayer for my son Rashad. I continually pray for all afflicted with autism. I believe the day will come when we have the victory over autism. Some days I get discouraged, but I know it's the trick of the devil. I love to get on here, and receive words of encouragement. Thanks so much be blessed.

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    1. Wow! You spoke my heart. This post was a simple expression of where I am and became a wonderful discussion about who God is. I am grateful to all who have participated and will continually be in prayer for all those who've asked, as well as others afflicted with autism. Rashad is, and will definitely continue to be, in my prayers. God has big plans for him. Hold on to that. Believe that!!! He is all-knowing, all-loving and all-powerful. You will see!

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  32. Elaine, continue to believe God for your son's healing. God instructed us to pray believing that what we ask for, we will receive. So continue praying. I am praying for my son's healing also.

    God bless.

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  33. GOD IS GREAT!!!! GOD IS WITH US, GOD HAS A PLAN FOR US. I LOVE YOU JESUS.

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  34. I have Asperger syndrome which has not been discovered until a few years ago. Even though it is the mildest form of the autism spectrum, this type of handicap is severe enough to cause me all the troubles and sufferings in life. I finally found a cure of this condition through faith and by God's miracle.

    Two months ago, I was informed by a psychologist at the children hospital in the area that my son is in the autistic spectrum. I am treating my son based on what I have learned from the internet and prayers. Within 2 months, he made huge changes.

    Hope that one day, I will be able to share with you the story of an autistic mom who raises an autistic kid.

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    1. Thank you for sharing this story with us. Many will be encouraged. God is always good. Hope to hear more.

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  35. Hi Connie,

    I am now so busy with my two kids that I cannot find time to share my stores given my limited language skills in English.

    However, I can quickly share my strategies about how to guide an autistic child.

    First of all, we need to take off any VIDEO GAME / IPAD. Educational games or video movies also need to be limited. Even when the kid play educational games or watch video movies, the parent should sit beside him / her and interact with him / her through explainations / gestures. Apparently, video games / Ipad do not cause autism because there are kids exhibiting autistic behaviors before the age at which they can watch TV, play video games or use Ipad. The main purpose of various autism treatment methodologies is to pull the child out of his / her own world. However, TV / games / Ipad do contribute to the reinforcement of autistic behaviors by letting the child sink further into himself / herself.

    Secondly, Do not reply on the efforts of our own or professionals to treat our child's autism. Let Jesus be our Master, our Lead because He is the only best.
    Every moment in our life, leave in His hand all the treatment plans for our child, his / her improvement / regression. In Jesus, we trust that God will either help us in the healing process of our child, or if He has a reason not to do so, He will provide us and our kid with strength and endurance to overcome any obstacles in life caused by autism.

    That's all I am doing now. I feel happy, peaceful and thankful for God everyday in my life. He helps me to realize that my autistic son is a great gift from Heaven.

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  36. Everyone has their own method of how they deal with their child's autism, but I think we all agree that Jesus should be at the top of our list when we are seeking help for any of life's problems including autism. Lord, knows that I have tried things such as therapy, vitamins, antimicrobials, Epsom salt baths, you name it, I have probably tried it, but I will always put God first. Let's seek God first, and we surely will see what he will do for our precious children who have autism. I touch, and agree with all parents on here seeking healing for our children. Please be encouraged. Know that God is up to something he hear our prayers, and the day will come when we see that our prayers were heard. Thank you Connie for having this blog it has really, and truly been inspirational, encouraging. I know there have been days where I felt so isolated, and hopeless dealing with my son Rashad autism, and I would get on here, and read the encouraging words that would get me out the dumps, and I started to apply the words of Jesus to my situation, and things started to become clearer. Don't get me wrong I still have rough days, but God is seeing me through them, and he allowed me to come across this blog, and be encouraged by all you wonderful praying parents, and for that I am truly grateful. So please pray for my son Rashad, and I will continue to pray for all you guys children as well. Be blessed all of you. Thanks again Connie. Bridgette

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    1. Thank YOU, Bridgett. That is a tremendous encouragement to me. Don't we mothers need that??!!! I, too, have bad days, both as an autie mom and as a writer. While blogging, sometimes it feels I'm sending my words into the air. This ONE post has reminded me I haven't. It reminds me we are not alone. We have each other, and most of all we have God. I will continue to pray for all of us and am grateful to know I am not praying alone. Thank you!

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    2. Thank you for this site. I feel the power and the spirit of the living God is here. The testimonies are encourging and just make me want to rejoice. God can do all things, when others scoff at our faith, we can just stand and keep believing. It is nice to know others are standing for healing too.

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  37. Ive been blessed by all the comments, links and prayers. God will surely do it. I will try all I ve learned from this blog on my son. God Bless you and establish peace and Joy in your resepctive family in Jesus Name.

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  38. Oh, Connie, I was moved to tears by this beautiful testimony of faith in our God. I pray that your son will be healed. I have an autistic son who also has said to me "PRAY". He has so few words, this was an amazing gift to me. I was blessed to hear that your son has said this as well! God desires for us to pray for our children, because they are precious to Him. They are gifts from God. And we know that nothing is impossible with God, because Christ Himself said so. Do not lose hope. Keep praying. Our sons will be healed, and if it takes until they get to Heaven, we can rest knowing that God is in control and has a purpose for everything. My son's autism has been an indirect cause of some people coming to Christ. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. "Pray" is such a powerful word! It is that moment when we are in communication with our Creator, engaging in relationship with Him. If that is my son's gift, to remind me of that relationship, to dial the Big Guy's number for me, I am truly blessed. I suspect you are too. I believe your son has brought people to Christ. I have a blog post "Such As These" on this site that talks about how God used a Mentally Challenged (and I believe non-verbal) man to bring his family to Christ. No matter what we believe, God knows what He's doing. I just LOVE that!!!

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  39. May our loving Father in heaven, completely heal everyone who has autism and heal the pain of the family members of individuals with autism. We are not alone in this fight. God is always with us. Praise our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  40. Hello Connie, I found your site because I was lying down praying for my 4 year old son with a speech delay. An I decided to only surround myself with the positive aspects of prayer. I typed in speech delay testimony into Google and you popped up. I will pray for your son today that your testimony will be sooner than expected, that your son will catch up and overtake his peers and that God will give you a new song to sing. Much love. Kemi

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    1. Thank you so much for the prayer. I have been praying for your son as well. I love how you are praying for a new song. It reminds me of a story about a mute boy who sings. My son has been carrying melodies much better lately when he hears songs he loves. Hmmmm. Always beautiful to hear.

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  41. Connie thank you for sharing your story. I have been uplifted by everyone's testimonies.
    My daughter was diagnosed with ASD , she is 3 and half years. Please pray for her to for a full recovery. I feel as though, I should be doing more in terms of prayiong for her cause myself and hisband dont pray over like i know we should be doing, so please pray for us to that we can come together in unity to pray to our heavenly Father for her> just also wnated to share that whenever we go to church< during praise and worship she will lift her hands , like she is just surrendering, she has done from small already

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    1. I love how your daughter puts her hands in the air at praise and worship. Mirroring behavior tends to be hard for autistic children. My son did not mirror right away, but would imitate long strings of activities later in the day. Your daughter sounds like she is doing more than mirroring surroundings, but likely receiving the Holy Spirit during worship. Many "normal" people do not experience that. It is a gift, and God WILL use that. I sometimes wonder that some of our kids see the Holy Spirit MORE because they are unencumbered by the worldly things we think are important. I pray for God's healing, for God's revelations, our discernment through the difficult times and the ability to see His blessings throughout. Always believe He is a Good and Mighty God!

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  42. Dear Connie, I believe you! You are right that Jesus can heal and WANT TO heal autism from his children. I have also a child with autism, he is now almost 6. From time to time God would give me dreams, telling me the insight of what's going on with him. One thing I know for sure is that Autism is not from God, so don't be deceived to accept it. These children are being harrassed in their brain and need to be set free into freedom. I'm still asking the Lord how to do this. I have seen a progression of his condition spiritually, but I haven't taken him out yet into the freedom God has ready for him. But I believe He will show me soon and when we have that freedom, I will surely share with you all. Love, and keep on believing. Mary

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    1. Mary, Yes, please share progress with us! I have heard many wonderful stories of God's power through what man would call the insurmountable. He is just that amazing. God has done many wonderful things through my son's diagnosis. I suspect I will see many more!!! I continue to pray for his healing and for all who are struggling through this issue as well. Thanks for stopping by.

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  43. Dear Connie,

    Thank you for writing this post...just came across it today. I was not diagnosed with autism until I was almost 35. I am 42 now yet in the last six years I have been healed of so much! Some people, in their comments here, wrote of their concern regarding the respective ages of their children, but God puts no limits on healing when it comes to age. He is always at work. He desires for the captive ones to go free no matter how old they are. Blessings to you.

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    1. Kelly, you are so right. God can do anything at any time! He is the Almighty and we should NEVER forget that!!!

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  44. What a powerful testimony, to our God, to motherhood, and to the wisdom wrought in our uniqueness. Thank you for this writing, It so graciously expresses what I have lived with my son, and continue to live, though he is now grown and still struggles. After reading this I am reminded how good God is, always, and that His will is perfect. It is my privilege to pray for you and your beloved son.

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    1. Abigail, thank you so much for the prayers. I feel them. Yes, God is good and can do amazing things no matter what the circumstances. He can move mountains and He can give us the tools to climb them so we can see the view from the peek. Either way, we will always have what is best--a relationship with Him.

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  45. I started to get very depressed about my son's autism and speech delay. These last 8 months have been extremely hard for me. At times I just want to give up. But thanks be to GOD, because my son is making progress. I ask you to pray for me and my family. Thank you.

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    1. Keep praying and relying on God. When we deal with these kinds of struggles our lives look very different from those around. For some reason, we think that means it's not as good. But God can show us sometimes it's better. Trust in Him. Go to Him when you're down. He will hold you and let you cry. Let Him do that, it's really good :o)!!!

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  46. I've a son who has autism. He is 13. I have faith in God's power to be able to heal my son but I am left frustrated on the point almost of giving up as I prayed day and night for him but there seemingly have not much effect. I can pray for the sick as I have joined our prayer group for almost 10 years and our leader also conduct mass-healing and is a very special man who had conducted many miraculous healing which include a cancer case. I also seek his prayer a few times. I used to lay hands on people when they are sick, they are healed through the Holy Spirit but I failed to find a break-through in prayers for my son although I must accept there are little signs of improvements in his behavior as he is less violent and less picky on food. Maybe God would only heal in His own time not ours, or it could be a curse from God due to my ancestors as I am a converted Christian. Sometimes I feel I have to accept him and no prayers can heal him for it is the Will of God and we have to accept that. But after reading the testimonies of miraculous cure through prayer I would like to seek anyone's advice or opinion on where I have gone wrong in seeking Gods help.

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    1. As I often feel the need to mention, I am no theologian. Therefore, my thoughts or advice should never be considered “gospel.” However, there are a few things I feel the need to respond to. First, please do not consider this a curse from God for someone else’s past sin. Even if it were a product of the past, it’s most important to view it as something God will use to His glory (Romans 8:28). Second, I wonder if Joseph, in the midst of being enslaved or while rotting in prison, asked God where he (Joseph) went wrong. From the accounts in the Bible, he was enslaved and imprisoned for doing the RIGHT thing. And still he trusted God would get Him through. We, who have read his story, also know God had a plan from the very beginning and those awful moments in his life were part of that plan. Joseph’s torment spanned decades. My son is now 16, and still carries the label autistic. I love him dearly and hope one day we can share things we are not able to share today. God has not given this to me—yet, and I still have faith that He knows what He’s doing. He’s shown me that in other ways. How often I’ve been mad for not getting what I wanted when I wanted it, only to say “Oh, THAT’s what was happening,” when all was said and done. I KNOW I will say that with my son one day. I pray this for you!!! I pray not only for the healing of your son, but the healing of your heart. What God values is not the same as what the world values. Pray to know what God wants and value that because you know His wisdom is greater—perfect. I rest in that and know that He is good!

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  47. Hi Connie. It was so nice to find your post this morning (although I'm sure the Lord guided me here). I have a nearly 9yo daughter with autism who we have been working with for about 4 years with various treatments. The blessing is clear because thanks to our early food interventions, we discovered our other daughter with Down is dairy intolerant. So many improvements came for both girls but mostly in the strength of my own faith and dependence on Christ. Recently God put it on my heart to pray for healing for both children in terms of their ailments and disabilities. I've always been afraid that that would lead me to more pain if they did not heal, even though I know that is not true. Your post has helped me understand why God wants this even if He does not 100% heal them. I confess the older they get, the harder it is to be hopeful. Thank you for writing a scripturally sound post. It has helped me a great deal today. I will pray for your son too.

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    1. Wow, you echoed many of my thoughts, feelings and experiences. We also have found benefit from dietary interventions and the interventions used on my son helped my daughter who suffered from other chronic issues when she was very young. She is not special needs, but these interventions were critical in her early years. I believe God put these two children in the same family for a reason. They will help each other!!! You also touch on the truth of how hopefulness can wane as time passes. I think even the great ones in the Bible struggled with faith in those “wait on the Lord” moments. We are only human :o). I struggle with doubt regularly, and then, like many psalmists, I am reminded of God’s wisdom, God’s goodness and God’s timing. So I am able to plug through another day and trust. I pray God will show Himself in BIG ways today. Just a reminder of who He is. Thank you for your prayer as well.

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  48. The God of the Bible restores seven times what Satan has stolen. Whatever Satan has stolen by autism in your child/ family God is restoring 7 times in Jesus name. Those conversations you have missed out with your child God is restoring it 7 times in Jesus name. Those milestones that your child has missed on God is restoring them now in Jesus name. That which is delayed in your child God has quickened it in Jesus name.

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    1. He WILL make all things right. I trust in that. Thank you for sharing this.

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  49. Connie thanks for sharing your uplifting story and all the other testimonies.My son Ryan is 5 and he has autism. No speech. Not toilet trained. No social interactions, the list is endless. I always worry about his future when i'm gone. I pray that your son will be healed.Please pray for mine too for a full recovery. One line from you blog that will forever ring in my ears - " I pray for his healing. Not because I think God WILL heal my son, but because I KNOW He CAN. It is my testament of faith in His power" . God Bless You as he heals your son. Amen.

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  50. God is ALWAYS willing to heal...Jesus healed EVERY person who asked him to heal them. God has promised to restore our health to us and heal ALL our wounds! Not only CAN He heal, but He WILL! His promises are sure...it is our job to believe them!

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  51. You should ask Brother Freedom to pray for your son. His website is hgcalling.com. After he prayed for my son, my son started eating on his own and trying to pronounce the alphabet. Praise God!

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  52. You made my day. My son also has autism and as people often do in my church they go down to the altar and pray for healing with the elders. I have wanted to go on behalf of my son but haven't because I wasn't sure if that was "okay". Meaning that I thought that is God's will and I am so blessed to be his mother and he blesses me everyday with every little thing he does. I decided to go down and pray for him last night but woke up feeling maybe I shouldn't have. Your story made me realize it is okay. Thank you

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    1. Your God is a big God and can do anything! Pray to Him knowing that. He can even make beauty out of your circumstances. But don't think autism is too big for Him. I don't know what or how He will perform miracles in your life. I only know He can and will if you ask Him to. Praying for you and your son.

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  53. As an autistic adult I find this entire post and the resulting comments baseless as well as incredulous. A benevolent 7 omniscient deity wouldn't create disease, and disorder in the first place...

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  54. I believe that God is able to exceedingly, abundantly above all we could ever think or imagine! His word says so! He is WELL ABLE! I am standing with all those who seek healing for Autism! He did not create disease and disorder, we are born into an evil and sinful world caused by the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. if we lived where there were no sickness, evil, death, etc. we would find strength in ourselves and not put our trust in Him. He allows things to come against us so we will turn to him and keep our hand is his. I work with special needs children at school. I have a burden for them to see them healed. My own brother is 35 and has been lame since he was 3 months old. My mother has held on to God for all these years to see him healed. Some might say she is crazy but I know what the Lord has spoken to her over the years. She and I believe he will be healed in God's perfect timing as well as the others listed here...

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    1. Sorry, I have only just seen this today. I think your mother and I share a similar mindset. I pray, I hope, and I trust! I'm good with that. What you say about leaning on God is very true. I know I sometimes forget to do that until another storm comes my way. And then I am grateful for the storm that pointed me back to Him again.

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  55. Thank you for sharing my son does have a diagnosis and i believe he has been healed and i take on Daniel 10:12- and Isa 53:5.... i believe his healing will manifest.... alot of prayer is towards coping.... but God does not want us to cope HE wants us to be victorious ..... please this is an awesome blog i wish we could get together and pray in one accord over our children with one mindset to see Gods promise for them to manifest... i am in canada i hope you or anyone can reachout and i can contact you and we can pray together for the power of GOD to manifest..... cheers and God bless :)

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    1. Keep praying for all these kids. Come back here and pray again. I know I do. I can't physically put my hand on each child, but I will sometimes put my hand on the screen over a comment and pray. His work is mighty that way.

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  56. When my son was diagnosed with autism about 39 years ago I was devastated. I'm a woman of faith and I've prayed over the years for him. He went from severely autistic to mildly autistic. Healing is a process. Miracles take place instantly. I think we sometimes get this mixed-up. Be encouraged. Keep praying.

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    1. Thank you. I will never stop. It is in His Hands and I am grateful for that.

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  57. Praying for you and your son, Connie! Also, praying for the other individuals here who are affected by autism. God is good and He is still a healer. Please keep myself and son in prayer as we journey this autism route.

    Strength, peace, blessings, and abundance to you all!

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    1. Thank you so much for the prayers. I hang on to them everyday ... and see His fruit! Prayers for you as well!

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  58. Hi, Connie this is Bridgette it has been awhile since I posted, but my prayers have been continual for my son Rashad, and you guys children who also have autism. My plate has been full my husband had to have open heart surgery, he lost his job a week before heart surgery,just trying to get support with daycare for my son while I was @ the hospital w/ my husband was a job in itself.... trying to explain his quirks, and tendencies it all was overwhelming, but Gods grace is merciful. My husband (Lee) surgery was successful. Rashad missed him terribly, but had great behavior for his care givers. That was 6 months ago. I speak about all of this just to encourage those who are going through hard times, that there is nothing God won't see you through. For 6 months we had very little income due to lost of job, and health. Car payment was late God laid it on someones heart, and they paid our car note off brought us the keys, and a week later our car title was mailed to us. Our bills (lights, water) were also taken care of by someone God touched heart. We had food brought for our family every week, so it is true never seen the righteous forsaken or seed begging bread. My husband was hired last month at a company, and we are getting back on our feet. Glory be to God. He is worthy to be PRAISED!!!!!!! Bridgette

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    1. Bridgette, thanks so much for the update on your life. And thank you for sharing wonderful examples of how God is working in The Body of Christ!!!

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    2. I needed to read this to day. I am a mother of 3 with one on the way. They have all had to deal with language delay. My oldest son was told he had autism and God began to reveal things to me about trusting and having faith in him. Because of this, I did not have my son diagnosed. God told me not to accept anything that people tell me and to believe in things as though they were. My thinking was the same as yours...I believed that God was able to heal my son and he did! He is now in the fifth grade and no longer needs speech therapy and is an "A" student. My prayer is that I have the same faith with my other children as well. I get discouraged as well when people don't want to pray with me but talk about the problem. My prayer for us is that our faith increases and and that we continue to do the things that we need to do to help our children. Faith with our works is dead, and we are putting in the work because we know that God is able! Your post encouraged me at a time that I was feeling down. God is good!

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  59. Thank you for your article Connie. I really needed that today. Am fasting and praying for my son who is developmentally delayed but not diagnosed yet so was looking up something to read for encouragement. I believe God led me to this site. Your description of how you have felt, and wondered , and asked God , and sometims feeling hopeless as days go past echoes what I sometimes go through. But it helps to know there are others similarly affected and also looking to God for healing. I am praying for my son's healing and I believe he will be healed, in Jesus name. I will also pray for kids mentioned on this site. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  60. Praying for your son. You encouraged me. I believe God can heal your son and my daughter( all our kids)He is able and His plans are perfect. Let's us all not Give up or be weary in prayers.

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  61. My son is 5 and he is autistic, non verbal. I feel the same as you. But I know that if Jesus was here on earth I would go to him no matter where ever he is and I know for a fact he would heal my son totally and completely and would not turn his back to me. I know Jesus is still alive because he rose from the dead but he always said to believe to see the glory of God. I am still trying to gather that kind of belief so that I would see the glory of God. I know that God did a miracle for Jacob Barnett an autistic boy who became a child prodigy. I just want to forget the world and what the world says to me and just believe so the a miracle would happen to my son. If he can heal Jacob and gift him above the average so can he for our sons if only we believe in him.

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  62. Don't worry. I have not given up. I continue to pray for healing and though we still struggle with the debilitating effects of the disorder, we always see glimpses of God along the way. Last year was a VERY DIFFICULT year for us, especially on the heals of the release of my novel which had a character inspired by my son (Flee from Evil). And yet this year, some abilities he'd lost have been restored. Through it all I've had to rely on God for everything, and He has always been there to get me through. I still pray for healing. And I still believe it is possible.
    Thanks for the continued prayers!

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  63. Hi Connie,

    Thank you for having the courage and strong belief in God to post this. Your article reminded me that we cannot lose faith in God, and prayer is very powerful. I will definitely pray for your son and all the children on this page to be healed. My husband and I have also been through a long journey with our 8 year old son. He has made nice progress, and our journey continues. We owe it to our children to never give up. Please pray for our son and our family, and I ask anyone who reads this to also pray for us. Prayer in large numbers is very powerful. God Bless!

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  64. Connie, I haven't heard anyone speak like you have on this subject like that. I feel this exactly, every word you spoke about how to pray and what you pray, and you pray them all. Wow. This is my deepest hearts cry and prayer....but I trust Him with my sons life and whatever His purpose is for him, for us....whichever way it lives out to bring Him glory, then that is what I want too. My son is 9 years old....he has non-verbal autism as well. He doesn't speak any clear words....hes tried before, but it is a struggle. He is so restless so much of the day....he doesn't eat but occasional kettle brand chips and almond milk and juices. He is not potty trained and its been such a long hard road...he was diagnosed at 18 months old....and we have done our very best with therapies and supplements etc. all the while praying for a miracle. His name is Asa (like King Asa) meaning doctor, healer. This boy is a precious, sweet, loving and generally calm little boy. There are many times I look in his face and see him hurting and desperately wanting to communicate with us. I want to hear his voice....whether through writing, typing or speaking...ANY way. I would love nothing more than to hear what he feels and what he likes and dislikes....on some days it seems like something more than I can bare. But, I simply know that it isn't only mine to bare but that God is with me and has been every day, every second...and He will never leave me. I have a loving husband and 4 other children....we will pray for your son....we will believe together for his healing...for his strength and understanding as well. Thank you for writing this....it has touched my heart today and I will be thinking about you and your family in my prayers. God Bless you. -Jolie Gilchrist (Fort Worth, Tx)

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  65. We have prayed too... to no avail, to no Lessing of his symptoms, to no answers. Those that would say that a loving God would let these precious souls suffer like they do is beyond me? I have faith in Christ but call things as they are. To constantly see my son stuck in someone else's body is beyond me! if autism is if anything, to make you draw closer to God then why doesn't he show who I believe he is by healing these little individuals! The constant suffering and tantrums and crying out and not being understood is not of God but the devil! So if you are a bible believing Christian and believe in the same resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead then why won't this same power be used to heal this evil affliction? I hear of these healings and that children are healed from autism but what about the hundreds of thousands that are not? I guess my faith is not strong enough or God wants my wife and me to suffer to the point of the sickness it has brought onto our health and marriage! So if God wants us to go through living hell day after day then so be it! I will continue to pray and wait for his healing but until then there is nothing to do but have our hearts and marriage broken! Christians need to call autism what it is!!!! Demonic and opression from the enemy! Keep up the good fight if you can to those who know exactly what I am saying and have loved it

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  66. Praying for your son. Please pray for mine

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