Prayer Topic #13:
A Prayer for the Foster Care System in America
James 1:27, Psalm 82:3
Reflections of the Heart:
Sunday, November 13th is Stand Sunday, which raises awareness of the needs of vulnerable children and families in our own communities who are touched by the foster care system. Let’s remember those children who are living without their natural families and also the families who are called to care for them.
Exalted Father, we thank You for each child in the Houston Metropolitan Area and those in the foster care system throughout America. Thank You for executing justice for orphans and caring for the children in our communities who do not have stable home environments. Lord, all the earth will shout joyful praises to You and sing about the glory of Your Name. We, Your children, will tell the world how glorious You are. Lord, we praise You! It is good to sing praises to You, our God. It is pleasant and fitting to give You praise. You heal the brokenhearted and bandage their wounds. Lord, You are great and Your power is absolute.
Honorable Father, You have not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy, nor have You turned Your back on them. But, Lord, You hear Your people when they call to You for help and You rescue them from all their troubles. Therefore, we cry out to You for help for the children in the foster care system. We cry out to You for those children, who prior to going into foster care, experienced family dysfunction, depression, separation, loss, mental or emotional problems, and abuse – and need safe, loving, and secure homes. We confess that as these children and their families look to You as their Shepherd, they will have all that they need. We declare that families in Houston and across America will be moved to become foster parents because pure and genuine religion in Your sight means caring for orphans in their distress. May foster parents recognize that their child is a gift and a reward from You. We declare that every relative, foster family, group home and social worker walks in the fruit of the Spirit and shows Your love towards these children. We confess that each child will come to learn the good plans that You have for their lives to give them a future and a hope.
Ask the Holy Spirit how you should stand for foster children and families:
Worthy Father, we ask You to strengthen and encourage the children and their families that are in the foster care system. Holy Spirit, empower foster care agencies with the resources they need to successfully find homes and support for children in need. Encourage couples who would like to grow their families to consider foster care and adoption. Lord, break generational curses, strongholds and feelings of hopelessness and helplessness that have attached to orphans and those in the foster care system. Help them to overcome adverse situations so that they will grow to become effective, positive, God-fearing men and women. Lord, refresh and renew every employee who works in the child welfare system in this country. Help them to not grow weary while doing good; but remind them they will reap if they do not faint. Lord, help biological families obtain resources and services in an expedient manner, so that their families can be reunited. Give wisdom to those who work in this system, so that children who are permanently removed from their homes will be placed with loving, compassionate, caring families where they can grow in peaceful habitations and secure dwellings.
Righteous Father, forgive those parents who have inflicted their children with mental, emotional, physical and spiritual abuse. Forgive those who become foster parents for unholy reasons. Forgive our society for failing to protect, provide, and promote safe environments for our children. Forgive us, the Body of Christ, for being insensitive to the needs of children who have been abused and/or neglected in any way. Forgive child welfare personnel for growing weary while doing their jobs. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind the children and families within the foster care system of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.
Wonderful Father, help the families touched by the foster care system not to yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.
Sovereign Lord, You are the triumphant One. You laid the foundations of the earth and determined its dimensions. You kept the sea inside its boundaries and locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores. You are the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent King and we adore You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 66:1-3, Psalm 147:1-5, James 1:27, Psalm 22:24, Psalm 34:17, Psalm 23:1, Psalm 127:3 NKJV, Deuteronomy 10:18, Ephesians 6:4, Psalm 9:9, Galatians 5:22, Jeremiah 29:11, Galatians 6:9, Isaiah 32:18, Mathew 6:13, Job 38:4-5,8,10
Today, I will trust God to:
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