Praying for a Christ Awakening: Children As Gifts
The family is very important. As we talk about the family, that is an inclusive term. It means the husband, the wife, and the children. It means the parents, the singles, and the divorced persons. Whether you are male or female, young or old does not make any difference. You are a part of the family. The family is the cornerstone of God’s creation. The family is Satan’s targeted area. Since the Garden of Eden, Satan and his forces have made a concerted effort to destroy the sanctity of family life. If he could do away with the family, then he would pretty much have society in the palm of his hand.
Whether we realize it or not, the greatest single occupation that a human can have is to be a parent. That is more important than being president or prime minister. It is more important than being an earthly king. It is a high and exalted position and carries with it awesome responsibilities. God is the great Father figure, and one can place no estimate on the value of a mother and a father. The highest privilege a person can have: to be the guardian of another human life from conception to adulthood. Because of this importance, take this time to join Christ’s followers in prayer. Pray for:
Increased care for children as gifts from the Lord, as the gospel addresses abortion, adoption, foster care, and child well-being.
Continue with your…
Prayers of Thanksgiving
- Thank You, Lord, that the gospel addresses abortion, adoption, foster care, and child well-being. Dear God, we celebrate Your heart toward the “forsaken” children: “Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me” (Ps. 27:10).
Prayers of Confession
- We often do not know how to be a Christian family. Cleanse us, God, of worldly attitudes and actions. Often we do not wish to be a parent or view parenthood as the highest privilege. Change us, dear God.
Prayers of Petition
- Lord, may we have the courage to face the abortion issue, having an attitude toward children similar to that of Leah: “Leah said, ‘God has presented me with a precious gift’” (Gen. 30:20). Jesus, help us to view our children as Jacob did: “Jacob answered, ‘they are the children God has graciously given your servant’” (Gen. 33:5).
Promises to Claim
- Dear God, may we value the framework of family relationships and seek to provide for appropriate needs, addressing abortion, adoption, foster care, and child well-being. Dear God, might You increase our compassion for children. “Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at the head of every street” (Lam. 2:19).