Sunday, November 6, 2011

Orphan Sunday Pray ( modified for Christ's Church in Rwanda on Orphan Sunday)

Dear Father,

On this Orphan Sunday, we join with Your people across our country and beyond to

pray for orphans.

We know that love for these precious children begins not with us, but with You. You

pursued us when we were wayward and alone. You adopted us as your children. You

invite us to address you as Daddy and to live as Your sons and daughters. Truly, we

love because You first loved us.

You tell us also that You are near to the downtrodden and destitute. Your heart aches

for children that face the world alone. You champion the cause of those who have no

one else to take their side. And You call us to do the same.

So we pray that You would rouse us to share your heart. We ask that You would stir

Your people to passion and vision and action on behalf of children that have no family.

We lift up to You the millions of children in the world who have lost their parents to

disease, to war, to addiction, to poverty, to abandonment. As You promise to do, place

the lonely in families. Be their defender, their provider, their hope and peace. Help us

to do the same.

We pray also for children in Orphanages here in Rwanda.

So often, they feel disconnected to community, knowing little love, consistency or true

nurture. Please be their love, their consistency, their nurture. Help us to do the


Lord, please be with the child headed households here in Rwanda. Please be their father and mother and use your church to show this.

We pray for the babies that are orphaned in Rwanda through disease,poverty and abandonment. We pray that you provide families for these little ones so they do not have to live as orphans.

We confess that we have often lived with little regard for these precious lives. Please

forgive us. Lead us to take up their cause, not in guilt or obligation, but as a joyful

response to Your great love for us.

Guide us at CCR with Spoken For as we provide temporary and forever homes for these little ones.

As we do, we pray that You would use our humble response to transform. To

transform the lives of countless orphans both physically and spiritually. To transform

us as we encounter You in them. To transform Your Church as we lift our eyes

beyond our own comfort and self-focused religion to live out the painful beauty of the


And finally, to transform a watching world as it catches glimpses of Your love

made visible through the actions of Your people.

We commit all this to You, the One who is both our Father and a Father to the

fatherless, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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