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March 23, 2017

Praying for Strong Families:  Orphans, Widows and Singles

“We have a responsibility from the Lord to the orphaned, widows and those without the support of close family.  James 1: 27 instructs us with, “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.” Singles also need the support of the church to help them be accountable and have deep, meaningful fellowship and friendship within the body of Christ. Our culture pounds negativity and temptations all day long and these without godly parents and spouses need to find a warm welcome and acceptance among believers, starting with me.” (Lisa Crump)1

“A father to the fatherless, defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.  God sets the lonely in families.” (Psalm 67:5-6a; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  1. Pray for the new administration to create favorable adoption laws and practices, helping the multitudes of the fatherless, the orphans within our United States borders to find homes among Christians.

  2. Intercede for the church to arise to educate and enlist in adoptions of the fatherless in our states.

  3. Pray for Christian singles, widows and orphans to find their full destiny in the Lord, right where they are in life. Ask for them to find godly accountability relationships to learn, grow and thrive in contributing to their locale and nation.  That they overcome the lies that may be thrown at them.

  4. May our nation’s tax laws and other policies support those with less or with no family support, as appropriate.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we boldly ask You for the creation of favorable adoption laws and practices in America. We, the Church, choose to take responsibility for the lives of the most in need in our nation—the widows, the orphans, the fatherless, and the single mothers. May we learn to educate about adoption, and may more Christians choose to adopt. May those who are often seen as the neediest in our society find and fulfill the God-designed plan for their life. May our tax laws and other policies undergird those in true need of family support. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Church will choose to father the fatherless and care for the widows and orphans, and the government will see it and provide appropriate support.

1 Learn more about Lisa Crump and The National Day of Prayer here.