There are more than 140 million orphans in the world today. How do we bring change to this overwhelming issue? As with any problem, prayer is the most important action we can take. God’s heart is full of compassion for orphans, so let’s align ourselves with him and seek his wisdom.
In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught us how to pray (Matthew 6:9-13). Using Christ’s example, here are 5 ways to pray for orphans:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name”
Recognizing that God is a father is a great place to begin. He fathers those who have earthly fathers and those who do not. He is a perfect father: Good, Loving, Merciful. Praise his name, and thank him for being the Righteous Father who cares deeply for orphans. Ask him, as a father, to protect those who are without earthly parents.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”
Our world is full of brokenness and orphans experience so much pain because of its fallen state. Ask God to bring renewal to war-torn countries, provide relief for families in poverty, and to bless waiting children with loving parents. May God bring the realities of his Kingdom to our world today.
“Give us today our daily bread”
God knows what his children need everyday — whether it’s material, emotional, or physical comfort. Ask him to provide exactly what orphans need and to bring them into loving families.
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors”
We need to ask the Lord for forgiveness when we think of ourselves more often than those in need. Maybe we haven’t listened to his voice when he calls us to generously give our time or resources to minister to orphans. His forgiveness will free us to serve others with joy.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”
This prayer is just as much for ourselves as it is for the world. In what areas are we tempted to focus on our own needs rather than serving others? Ask God to reveal those dark places in our hearts and to keep us from following them. On a larger scale, we need to ask God to save the world from the evil that prevents any child from experiencing the provision of a loving family. Ask him to deliver the world from disease, war, corrupt governments, poverty, broken families, and hardened hearts.
Please comment below with your own prayers for vulnerable children!