Scripture Reading:Psalm 148, James 1:22-27
Heavenly Father, thank You for all the orphans around the world. Thank You, Father, for providing food, clothing and shelter for each child. Thank You for the financial resources provided to orphanages. O Lord, may orphans and their caregivers praise You among the nations and sing praises to Your Name. All will give thanks to You, Lord, and proclaim Your greatness. We will let the whole world know what You have done. As Your grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving and You will receive more and more glory! All praise to You, God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for You have blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
Worthy Father, we confess continual success for the volunteers and orphanage staff in Kenya, Uganda, Mexico, Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, India, USA and all other countries. Your Word tells us that pure and genuine religion in Your sight means caring for orphans in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt us. We command justice to operate for each child in every orphanage and work to destroy the assignments of oppression and devastation. As believers, we will uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Children living in orphanages will be well cared for and protected. Orphans will have the spirit of excellence that was upon Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego to grow in their knowledge and understanding to excel in their gifts and talents. In Jesus’ Name, we decree that each orphanage is well maintained and managed. The children, staff and volunteers within each will find shelter under Your wings and You will fulfill Your purpose through each of them for the advancement of Your Kingdom. No weapon formed against orphanages around the world or its residents will prosper, in Jesus’ Name!
Holy Spirit, reveal how I can pray for orphans:
Holy Spirit, touch the hearts of people to continue to give generously of their financial resources to aid in the expansion of building projects so that more children can be served. Open doors of opportunity for more mission teams to travel and serve as volunteers in various countries. Lead the local people who are blessed with skills in construction to volunteer their time and service to the development of residential housing, agricultural,educational and other needed projects. Stir up the desire in local medical personnel to give their time, expertise and medical care to the children. Father, place in each child a love of learning and send anointed teachers who will inspire each child to fully develop the gifts and talents You have created in each of them. Most of all, Father, we pray each child will come to know Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior and be fully persuaded that they are loved by You. Holy Spirit, send more laborers into this vineyard.
Righteous Father, please forgive orphans for all acts of sinfulness. Forgive those who have doubted Your Word and works because of fear and unbelief. Forgive those who have taken You for granted and have not shown appreciation for what You have done in their lives. Forgive those staff members and volunteers in orphanages worldwide who mismanage resources and/or mistreat children. Father, forgive believers who have become complacent and turned a blind eye to parentless children who are undernourished, excluded from being schooled, live on the streets and suffer physical and mental abuse. Lord, forgive for me (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind orphans to forgive 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 orphans not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.
Sovereign Lord, You alone stretched out the sky like a canopy and laid the foundations of the earth. You stir up the sea, causing its waves to roar. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is Your Name! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: I Chronicles 16:8, II Corinthians 4:15b, Ephesians 1:3, Psalm 57:9, James 1:27, Psalm 10:18, Daniel 1:17, Psalm 57:1-2, Isaiah 54:17, Matthew 6:13, Isaiah 51:13,15