What Can I Do to Help? Part 1: Pray!
Nov 14, 2013 by fosteringhope
If, having been exposed to the foster care crisis, you find yourself wondering what you can do to make a difference, then you are right on track. In fact, you are evidencing one of the fruits of authentic repentance (Isaiah 1:17) and faith (James 1:27). So then, what CAN you do to help? Over the next few weeks, I will be posting a series of entries that will provide some practical suggestions for fulfilling that desire.
My first suggestion is also, I believe, my most important suggestion: pray! The suggestion to pray is not merely the obligatory, less-than-practical suggestion I “have to” make in order to maintain our faith-based bona fides. Nothing can be further from the truth. True prayer is not empty ritual, required obligation, or wishful thinking. Prayer is communing with the living God-a God who Himself cares for the vulnerable, oppressed child. Through prayer, we engage the enemy by petitioning our adoptive Father to act on behalf of both foster children and the many who serve them.
The great thing about this suggestion is that it is for everyone. NOT everyone can foster; NOT everyone can adopt; NOT everyone can mentor; BUT, everyone CAN pray.
Admittedly, the thought of praying for something as complex as the foster care crisis can be daunting. Avoid getting overwhelmed by making a simple commitment to pray every day for just one aspect of the foster care crisis. For example, below is a “schedule” you could follow-it’s not inspired-just a suggestion!
- Sunday – Foster children (generally and any you know specifically)
- Monday – Children waiting for adoption (If you want specific names, you can usually find waiting children online)
- Tuesday – Adolescents preparing to age out
- Wednesday – Foster families
- Thursday – Biological families
- Friday – Social agencies/workers/investigators/family court judges/etc.
- Saturday – Christian ministries, such as Fostering Hope (actually, you can pray for us every day)
As you intercede on behalf of the foster care crisis, remember, “the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16b (NASB)