Only God could come up with the idea of family.
Only God could redeem the way we have messed things up.
Only God could provide a child who needs a family with a family who needs a child.
Only God could work miracles to ensure justice is served and children are protected.
Only God could mesh mismatched hearts and make love grow.
Only God could rewrite stories giving new names and new hope.
Only God could create, redeem and sustain a family.
Maybe you’re clueless as to how you could ever love a child that “isn’t yours” but you wonder if God might be calling you to take a giant leap of faith.
Maybe you find yourself fantasizing about adopting “some day” yet your heart aches because the timing just isn’t right.
Perhaps you are in the thick of paperwork and home studies as we speak but you wonder if you’ll ever get “the call”.
Maybe you’re like us and you’re almost 2 years in, but still can’t figure out how giving a child the wrong fork could send them spiraling out of control.
No matter how adoption might touch you- orphans, foster children, adopted children and their families need prayer. Much of adoption is beautiful and fun, but just as much of it is ugly and hard.
I’m reminded of wise counsel I received a few years ago when I was struggling with anxiety:
“When everything feels out of control, the ONE THING I CAN CONTROL is how much I cry out to God.”
Oftentimes when the spouse just isn’t there, paperwork is lost or has to be redone, or plates of spaghetti are being hurled across your dining room, you can’t even find the words to pray. So, “12 Ways To Pray For Adopted Children + Their Families” will be what I’ll be using to pray for our family and others.
7 am: Pray for the familial and attachment bonds to be supernaturally strong and the child to know they are wanted, loved, freely accepted, safe and secure. (Psalm 68:6)
8 am: Pray for their view of God to be whole and complete. (Perhaps pray through attributes of God on behalf of this family.) (Isaiah 40:11)
9 am: Pray for surrender and salvation. (Romans 10:1, Acts 26:18)
10 am: Pray for healthy coping mechanisms, sensory processing, healed neuro-pathways and brain chemistry to be restored. (Proverbs 4:20-22, Matthew 8:17, Psalm 107)
11 am: Pray for the ability to communicate with grace and truth in life-giving ways. (James 1:19, Proverbs 15:1-2)
12 pm: Pray for strength to not parent in faith vs. fear. (2 Timothy 1:7)
1 pm: Pray for healthy modes of discipline to be established and implemented. (Hebrews 12:11, Proverbs 12:1)
2 pm: Pray for creativity and laughter. (Psalm 126:2)
3 pm: Pray for a love and understanding of God’s Word. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Psalm 119:105)
4 pm: Pray for a love of righteousness and a disgust for sin. (Psalms 78:1-8, 103:17-18; Isaiah 54:13; Ephesians 3:20-21)
5 pm: Pray for a healthy view of food. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
6 pm: Pray that children would use godly wisdom in selecting friends. Ask God to give each child a discernment of people as well as knowing the difference between right and wrong (Proverbs 1:10, Proverbs 18:24; Deuteronomy 13:6,8).
7 pm: Pray for sleep to feel safe and for it to be supernaturally restorative. (Psalm 3:5, Psalm 4:8, Proverbs 3:24)