Give me the fortitude to suffer it for long enough to keep it from bothering my child. Please assist me in locating someone to whom I may securely deliver it. Assist me in answering my family's inquiries with the same care I would desire for myself. Help me remember that they, too, are in pain. Provide me with the strength to endure this suffering for them.
Children with mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and bipolar disorder experience difficulties like their peers do. They have the same needs for love and support as other children. They also need time alone, freedom from anger, and opportunities to make mistakes without being shamed or punished. Mental illnesses are not just for adults; children can get them too. Some children even develop several at once!
If you have a child with a mental illness, you know how difficult it can be. Mental illnesses affect a child's ability to learn and behave properly, which can lead to social problems. Depression can make a child feel hopeless about his or her future. Anxiety disorders can cause a child to have panic attacks or feel constantly on edge. OCD can take over a child's life if the symptoms aren't treated. Bipolar disorder can cause extreme highs and lows, making it hard for the child to function normally.
Children with mental illnesses need our prayers. Just like us, they face challenges every day.
Methods for Protecting Your Child's Mental Health
Every parent makes errors. Ask God to forgive you and express gratitude for His love and mercy. Please forgive me, Father. I want to raise my child in accordance with your wishes, yet I fall short. I lose patience, become irritated, and miss opportunities to show them your love. Father, please assist me. I want to live up to the enormous responsibility you've bestowed upon me. I ask your help, in time and in eternity.
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I bring the small baby that is growing inside of me to you, Lord, and ask that you be with me every step of the journey. I beg that your protective hand be over, around, and within this little life, and that he or she grow and develop without issues or complications. I know that there are many things beyond my control that could happen, but I hope for the best and plan for the worst.
If it is God's will, please give us a healthy baby. If it isn't, we want to know so that we can prepare ourselves and each other for any situation that may arise.
Either way, I pray that you keep us strong and confident in your care. Amen.
A Prayer for Compassionate Reaction While you bring kindness into my life, I pray that you also empower me. Help me to be compassionate to the person who has injured me. I need to forgive this person not because they deserve it or because they have begged for it. Because you have forgiven me, I need to forgive. Thank you for showing me what real compassion looks like.
The best way to pray for others is to live by example and practice what you preach. If you want people to think highly of themselves, give them reason to dislike you. If you want them to feel safe, secure, and comfortable in their surroundings, give them no cause for hatred or resentment. In other words, treat others how you want to be treated. Then watch what happens around you.
Prayer is powerful. When you pray, you are communicating with God. You are telling him that you are struggling with something and you need his help. When you pray for others, you are telling him that you trust him and know he will help them find peace and healing.
Prayer has amazing power when you go to God in faith. Say a prayer for someone who has offended you, and believe that he has heard your prayer.
If you want to pray for others, start with yourself first. Ask God to give you strength when things don't go your way, and hope when you see only darkness ahead.