Prayer to Jesus, Father of orphans
In a season as Christmas, we not only call to mind the infant Jesus but also, every child around the world; the less privileged, homeless, lonely, sick, disabled, mentally challenged and the orphans. Many children are out there without one to call mother or father, without guardians to protect and look out for them. They are left to deal with the struggles of life at such a tender age. Daily, they are exposed to the dangers of this world. While some are only lucky to escape harm, others are too often victimized.
As we celebrate the infant Jesus, we should remember these little ones who have no one to pray for them.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after
orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the
world” (James 1:27).
Let us say this prayer:
“Dear Lord Jesus,
So many children around the world have become orphaned or abandoned for so many different reasons, and have never known the love of a mother or father for them.
Lord, we know that You care for all people but You have a special heart for little children and orphans.
Watch over these children and young people, we pray. Comfort them in their trials, and provide for them when they are in need.
Educate them when they are abandoned, protect them from those that would take advantage of their vulnerabilities and heal the physical and emotional hurt that so many have had to face in their young lives.
And Father, we ask that in Your grace, You would draw near to each one and bring them into a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus. Meet each one at their point of need and cover them with Your grace.
We pray that You would work a mighty work in the lives of all those around the globe that are abandoned, orphaned or simply uncared for and provide for each of their needs according to Your riches in mercy and grace.
Raise up men, women and ministries that champion the cause of those who are defenseless and vulnerable. Be their rock of support, their fortress of safety, their shepherd and defender.
Protect the minds of those who have been exploited, and bring them to a knowledge of Jesus and also to a place of refuge, where they may learn of Your Father-heart of love for all those that are Your children.
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Lord Jesus, there are so many millions of children that have been orphaned or abandoned around the world, and we grieve for them in a world that seems to have lost its ability to care for those who are weak and help the defenseless.
Raise up orphanages and ministries that will actively seek out and help those that are alone in the world. We pray for any outreach missions that actively seek to rescue those who have been abandoned to a life when they have to fend for themselves and are facing severe hardships.
Provide the funds and food, the people and the amenities, the education and the equipment needed to keep the orphanages and ministries functioning. And heal the hearts of those that have been damaged by the experience of finding themselves alone in the world.
Into Your hands Lord, we place all children and young people who are alone in the world. May each one find the security for which they yearn, and the opportunity to learn about the Lord Jesus and His love for each of them. In Jesus’ name,
Visiting orphanage homes, presenting gifts and spending some time with them would very much complement our prayers for them.
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