Even before we met her, I began praying for my first child. First, we heard about a teenager, who had made the bold choice to carry her pregnancy to completion and place the child with an adoptive family. Immediately, I started storming the gates of Heaven, asking God to build the baby strong and healthy. I begged Him to keep this young lady’s resolve strong and to grant us favor, so we would be selected to receive and parent the child.
Once the beautiful little girl was born, my prayers shifted into parenting mode. That would mean all sorts of things: gratitude, concern, joy, fear, laughter, worry, and the whole gamut.
When our second child arrived, she was a sudden surprise after a long journey of prospective adoption ups and downs. By the time I received the phone call, welcoming us to adopt a sweet infant girl, I had all but given up on ever having another child. I’d worked with more than 20 birthmothers over the course of several years, with each journey turning out in adoptive parent heartbreak for all sorts of reasons. Finally, God placed the child He had handpicked for us all along into our family.
I’d prayed for her for years, but on that day, I began calling out to God on her behalf with her name. What a moment!
Today’s Bible verse has held immeasurable meaning for me, as an adoptive parent.
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.” (Colossians 1:9, NIV)
Great God who hears and answers prayers, we cry out to You for our children. You formed them. You cherish them. We ask you to tug on their hearts, turning them daily to Yours. Fill them with spiritual wisdom and understanding that only You can give, and guide them to desire and follow Your will for their lives. We ask in faith and in the name of our wonderful Lord, Your Son Jesus Christ.
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