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Don’t Use Prayer as a Cop-out

Not one of my kids...

The last two weeks of my life have been some of the busiest in some time. We went from a leaders’ conference to my mom getting remarried this past weekend with my wife and I helping organize Orphan Sunday for our church family.

If you don’t know, Orphan Sunday is a wonderful movement to mobilize the body of Christ in helping children through orphan care, foster care, and adoption. Here’s this year’s video:

Obviously, if you’ve spent much time reading what I write, you’ve picked up on the fact that my wife and I are extremely passionate about seeing kids who are neglected and/or forgotten have their needs met–physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

We’ve opened our home as foster parents, adopted domestically and internationally, support monthly organizations rescuing kids/working to end sex trafficking, share in churches about both the need and the Father’s heart for these, and my wife currently works as a foster care/adoption recruiter in Oklahoma.

If you cut us, we bleed this stuff, as they say.

The challenge is not just for the super passionate. The body of Christ has the responsibility to care for the broken, to participate in the nature of God as a “Father to the fatherless.” Jesus said that if you give food, clothing, shelter to the “least of these” that you’ve done it to Him. Society may see these kids as the “least of these,” but our Father fiercely loves and cares for them.

Here are some statistics that speak of the need (from Show Hope):

  • The births of 230 million children under the age of five worldwide (about 1 in 3) have never been recorded, depriving them of their right to a name and nationality
  • The average age of a waiting child is 7.5 years old, and every year more than 23,000 children age out of foster care, leaving them without families of their own
  • 81.5 million Americans have considered adoption. If just 1 in 500 of these adults adopted, every waiting child would have a permanent family

The list could go on, but you see the vast opportunity. If only the super passionate get involved, we can never reach all these kids. Besides that, we didn’t start out with the level of commitment we have today. It grew over time by interacting with these kids and seeing the heart of God.

Back to the point of all this, there have been many who were moved by what we’ve shared and in talking to them, they said they would pray. I’m not saying some won’t do that, but I also know that Christians have used, “I’ll be praying” as a means to assuage guilt while essentially doing nothing.

I know not everyone is going to be a foster or an adoptive parent, but if you say, “I’m going to pray,” I need you to begin crying out to God on these children’s behalf. Feel what He feels for these kids. Carry the burden of hundred of millions of orphans and displaced kids around the world who need a home desperately, and don’t let up.

If you can’t commit to that kind of warring in prayer, I beseech you to get involved in other ways. Support orphan care ministries or organizations. Become a respite home for foster parents in your area. Find out what community organizations are helping kids in your area and volunteer. Maybe you’ll open your heart and pray about it and God will lead you to foster care or adoption.

We need all of it. The need is overwhelming, but the heart of God beating for these children is greater. All I’m asking is that each of us play our part in loving and reaching these.

What are your thoughts on this? Will you pray about how you should be involved in caring for these orphaned or displaced kids? If you want, share any commitment you’ve made.

6 Comments

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    • Not sure what happened, but thanks so much for coming by, Betty. 🙂

      • Thats funny, wonder whose got my comment. I know what I said so here goes. I can certainly pray for you and my friends who are doing adoption, foster care. also my husband and I are involved with a family who have raised three boys and now have three little ones, two adoptive girls and a baby boy.
        the little girls call us Grandma and Grandpa. Everytime I look at them I think how blessed they are to have our friends as parents. Bless you Jason for you and your wife heart in this area. God knows which ones to burden for what area.

        • I appreciate that, Betty. Thanks so much.

  2. The video and your words were so convicting, Jason. Yes, I will certainly look into what I can do in addition to praying for these beautiful children.
    Blessings!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..A Gratitude AttitudeMy Profile

    • I appreciate that, Martha. If we each find our part to play, we’ll get to see many miracles! Thanks so much.

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