Isaiah 12, Psalm 20
Reflections of the Heart:
Although there are persons who may have a difficult beginning in life, their beginning does not have to define their future. Let’s remember those children who have been abused and neglected in our prayers and trust that they will become all that God created them to be.
Exalted Father, we thank You for each child born in our country. Thank You for families and systems that have been established to care for those who cannot protect themselves. Thank You for 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. Your enemies cringe before Your mighty power. 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. Your understanding is beyond comprehension.
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 our country who have been abused or mistreated. We cry out to You for those children who experience family dysfunction, depression, separation, loss, mental and emotional problems, and are in need of safe, loving and secure homes. We confess that as these children look to You as their Shepherd, they will have all that they need. We declare that every parent in our country will recognize that their child is a gift and a reward from You. Fathers will not provoke their children to anger by the way they treat them. They will bring them up with the discipline and instruction that come from You. Lord, we declare that You will be a refuge in time of trouble in the lives of those children who are now in the child welfare system. We declare that every relative, foster family, group home and treatment facility staff member 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.
There are more and more stories on the news about abused and neglected children. As you see and read these stories, ask the Holy Spirit how you should intercede for these children:
Worthy Father, we ask You to strengthen and encourage the children and their families that have experienced abuse and/or neglect of any kind. Lord, break generational curses, strongholds and feelings of hopelessness and helplessness that lead to transgressions against children. Holy Spirit, please heal every emotional, physical and spiritual wound that has been inflicted upon these children. Help them to overcome their 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 our 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, please forgive parents and guardians of children for all acts of sinfulness. 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 abused and/or neglected children in our country 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. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals them, say “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help the abused and/or neglected children in our country 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, Psalm 22:24, Psalm 34:17, Psalm 23:1, Psalm 127:3 NKJV, 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: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________