We’re talking about prayer tomorrow at Greenhouse Mission. We won’t be talking about specific strategies so much as an overall perspective shift, but a series that has been really helpful to me over the years is “The Power of a Praying…(Woman, Wife, Parent, etc.)” The author lays out prayers for almost every subject, including applicable Bible passages and things I probably wouldn’t even think of on my own.
This morning it occurred to me that it would be good for us to have a prayer to pray over children in foster care. These kids might not have a parent praying over them, and this is one of the ways we can step into that gap.
Inspired by the series, I created the prayer below. Pick a child and pray for them. Ad-lib if you want. Listen to God on their behalf and pray into what you hear. We can bless these children even if we never meet them.
(Note: I’ve alternated pronouns below just to help things flow and avoid the awkwardness of s/he his/her or them.)
Dear God, Thank you for (name). Bless him right now. I lift him up to You and ask for Your goodness, mercy and love to surround and deliver him. (Isaiah 63:6-8)
I pray Your protection over (name), and ask You keep her in perfect peace. (Isaiah 26:3) Make her dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8). If there are situations in her life that are unsafe or undesirable, Lord we ask you to interfere with those circumstances. Rescue her, Lord. Be her refuge and safety. (Psalm 91) Surround her with Your light and drive away any darkness. (Isaiah 9:1-3)
Lord, I pray for (name)’s learning. Give him a sound mind, the desire to learn, and Your Holy Wisdom. Lord, you know his areas of struggle and his areas of success – provide divine guidance to make up any gaps and strengthen his understanding. Bless his school. Select and bless his teachers. If he has tests or projects coming up, I pray for Your provision of everything he needs to prepare and succeed. (Philippians 4:19) Help him work to his full capacity, so he can be and enjoy everything You created him for.
Jesus, thank you for your good plans you have for (name). (Jeremiah 29:11) Protect her from further disappointment and heartbreak. You alone know her wounds – be her Redeemer, her Healer, her Savior. Thank you that, by Your wounds, she is healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
I pray for the story of his life – may it be filled with You. Turn his mourning into dancing and clothe him in joy. (Psalm 30:11).
Wipe every tear from his eyes. (Revelation 7:17). Make Yourself known to him. Draw him to you. (Romans 8:30). Let Your Kingdom come, and Your will be done, in his life here on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10).
I also bring (name)’s birth parents before You, Lord. I ask You to heal and deliver them. Restore what is broken. Bring miracles. If they are not able to parent (name), bring her a new family, Lord. I pray for safe and loving foster parents, and for an adoptive, forever family. Lord, we thank you that You are the God of adoption (Ephesians 1:5), that You set the lonely in families. (Psalm 68:6) I claim this for (name) today.
Finally, Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth: I pray that from Your glorious, unlimited resources You will empower (name) with inner strength through Your Spirit. I pray that Christ will make His home in her heart as she trusts in Him. That (name)’s roots will grow down into God’s love and keep her strong. And give her the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep Your love is. May she experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then she will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Now all glory to You, God, who is able, through Your mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to You in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:15-21)