Prayer is foundational to the work of caring for orphans and vulnerable children.

But even with the deep impact prayer has on our lives and the world around us, we sometimes find ourselves at a loss for words. Our prayer lives can feel monotonous as we pray the same things over and over again. So how can we pray for the fatherless when we don’t know what to pray?

When our words fail, Scripture speaks. Praying Scripture is a helpful exercise that allows God’s Word to lead your conversation with Him, as well as reaffirm His promises to His children.

 

7 Verses to Pray Over the Fatherless–

Psalm 9:9
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Hosea 14:3
“In you the orphan finds mercy.”

Deuteronomy 10:18
“He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.”

Psalm 82:3
“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.”

John 14:18
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

Psalm 68:5-6
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

Psalm 10:17-18
O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

 

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