13 Prayers for the Fatherless and the Church {in 2013}

  • January 1, 2013
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If the orphans of the world stood shoulder to shoulder, they would form a line around the U.S. – not once or twice – but FOUR times.

“If we were completely honest with ourselves, we would admit that this must grieve the heart of the Father who, from Heaven, sees a line of vulnerable children who are harassed, helpless, and in need of healing nearly 30,000 miles long.”

God’s plan to bring hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless is the Church, the Body of Christ.  That is, those who believe the Bible is the perfect Word of God and who worship Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, as Savior and Lord.  We are called to BE the Good News to the least of these, and we must also PROCLAIM the Good News. 

The Church is God’s Plan A and there is no Plan B.  We must decide once and for all to choose a life of radical living for Christ and for others, rather than the American Dream.  But, be aware…there is an annoying and very present threat to this Plan.  His name is the devil.

“This is not an adversary we are to take lightly nor are we to fall prey to his wily schemes without a fight.  Satan is a spiritual being and we need something more powerful than he to shield and guide us while we travel through the jungle of his lair…the armor of God is our only defense against this enemy.  And prayer will hold back the forces of evil.  They are repelled by the name of Jesus Christ and will flee to safety, if there is such a place.”

(Journey to the Fatherless, Lawrence Bergeron)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Today, pray that the Lord would give you a personal sense of re­sponsibility for praying for orphans, your pastor, your church, and your community. Ask Him to break your heart for the orphan. Ask that He would help you to see orphans with His eyes and His heart.

2. Ask God to provide your pastor with resourc­es, encouragement, courage, and a strong prayer team to support him as he seeks to live out James 1:27, “Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.”

3. Ask the Lord to help your church congregation to feel His heart for the orphans as seen in Psalm 68:5-6, “A Father to the father­less, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families…”

4. Pray for God’s provision for your church’s orphan care min­istry. Ask Him to strengthen the leaders and to give them wisdom to lead in both word (evangelism) and deed (action). Ask Him to provide people, with their varying gifts and talents, to wrap around the orphan and the families caring for them.

5. Ask the Lord to protect the least of these in your community and to care for them and to defend them and keep them safe.

6. Pray for government leaders. Ask the Lord to burden their hearts for the orphans. Ask that they would feel com­pelled to protect and provide for orphans.

7. Pray that God will raise up workers for the harvest from your church and community. Ask Him to call Christians to go to the “fields of the fatherless” to experience the joy of caring for orphans as we are commanded in Isaiah 1:16-17, “Give up your wicked ways. Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the or­phan. Fight for the rights of widows.”

8. Petition the Lord for children who are not yet orphans, but may only have one parent who may be sick or dying. Pray for the health and safety of their parent, for God’s provision, and for protection for the children in these households.

9. Pray for mothers or fathers who might be having trouble caring for their children and feel they need to give them up or aban­don them. Ask God to help them find support. Ask the lord to meet their needs and give them the resources to be able to take care of their children.

10. Ask God to raise up families in countries all over the world who have room in their homes and hearts for a fatherless child. Ask that the Lord would be speaking to their hearts even now, leading them to consider adoption and/or foster care.

11. Pray specifically for families in your community or church who may be in the process of adopt­ing an orphan. Ask for God’s provision for all of their needs; mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. 

12. Ask God to bless and keep those families who have adopted and/or are fostering (Numbers 6:24-26).  For the child who has been adopted, pray for healing, for bonding with their new forever families, and for the love of God to quieten their hearts, leading to their salvation. For the foster child, pray that they would experience the love of Christ through the love and care given to them by others, and that they too would come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

13. Ask the Father that every member of your church would remember and acknowledge and praise the Lord that before the world was made, He loved us and chose us, and that His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ and that this gave Him great pleasure. (Ephesians 1:3-5) Pray that we will stay focused on being and proclaiming this message as we serve the least of these.

“Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” (Ephesians 6:13-18)

Because of His Great Love,

Jodie

{Selected prayers adapted from Kay Warren’s 40 Days of Prayer Guide for Orphan Care}