A prayer for the kingdom

This post is part of my lenten series: 40 prayers for Russia's orphans.  Won't you join us in lifting up some of the most vulnerable children in our world today?  

Day 13: Your kingdom come

God of all nations,

It seems so fitting to pray your kingdom come in the face of a prayer about international adoption. You are God over all. Your power extends far beyond the little graces you give us each day.  It reaches back into all history and stretches eternally into the future. That's the kind of power we want to summon today.  That's the kind of power we want to see you use in Russia and in the US today.

Bend the knees of every politician in these two countries to serve you. Break the stubborn wills that have cast Russia's orphans into their hopeless situations. Move the pens of law makers to write new legislation that will bring these children home. Use you your power, Lord! Use it to make your kingdom come. We know you want these children to be loved in families. Won't you use your power to make it happen?

We also pray that you'd made your kingdom come with more domestic adoptions in Russia. Re-opening US/Russia adoptions is only one piece of the your-kingdom-come puzzle. As we have prayed before, we pray again that you will change societal norms and break down barriers so more Russian orphans can grow up with families in their motherland.

And we pray that you will work to end the causes of orphanhood. Poverty, illness, lonliness, addiction, death- put these evils to rest and make able mothers out of the pregnant women in Russia today who might otherwise feel they have no choice but to place their babies in baby homes. Give them what they stand in need of, today.

Your kingdom come. We pray these things with that hope in our heart and prayer on our lips.


1 comment:

  1. Anonymous3/01/2013

    Jillian~ Would you mind offering up some of your beautiful prayers for orphans in South Korea as well? The Korean government just announced some changes to the adoptions requirements, which may change things for adoptive families and the children they are waiting for in Korea. Here is a "brief" version of what is happening http://mpakusa.blogspot.com/2013/02/korea-update-issue-on-travel.html. I am saddened to think that some families will not be able to complete their adoption journey because of these new requirements that they were not aware of when starting the process, and I am saddened for the children in Korea who may end up waiting even longer for their forever families.


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