A prayer for opportunity

The prayer below 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 32
Today I was thinking about all the incredible opportunity John and I enjoy.  From what kind of apple to buy at the grocery store to choosing a car to drive, a place to live, where to work and what to do for a living. We've had the change to go to college and seminary. We've been able to adopt. We continue to be rich in prospects. Today I want to pray for the older orphans in Russia who are aging out of the institutions. I want to pray for their opportunities.


Dear God,

Today we come before you thinking of Russia's orphans who are 16, 17, 18 years old. As they age out of the only lifestyles they have known, we pray that they will be given new opportunities to grow and thrive. We pray you will give them the wisdom to grab hold of these opportunities as they present themselves. Our hearts break to know that the majority of these young adults have turned to crime, drugs, prostitution and suicide in the past. God- give them a new story. Do away with those dire statistics and make a way for them to lead fulfilling lives that are pleasing to you. Give them hard working spirits, joyful attitudes, and abundant hope for the future.

Above all give them the opportunity to find a home in your Church where they will be embraced by the community they will so desperately miss, leaving their institutions. Through your Church, wrap your loving arms around them and carry them into the future.


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