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Praying About Children

Praying About Children

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Provides a variety of prayers for and about children

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Published by: World Vision Resources on Dec 14, 2010
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you proclaimed your concern or the small and the weak, and wereespecially clear in your concern or children.Their very nature is ragile, and because they are vulnerable they are eaprey or people whoexploit them.And so we pray to you, O Lord:For the children who are orced to work rom their earliest years in cruel conditions.For the children press-ganged into armies and trained in violence and cruelty.For the children abandoned and let to live in the streets hunting or ood and shelter.For the children sexually exploited by perverted and ruthless people.For the children accused o possession by demons, or sorcery, who are blamed or everywrong and subjected to cruel punishment.For the children with mental or physical disabilities who are abandoned, depicted as sexualobjects, or tormented because o their weakness.For the children who are undernourished or have no medicine, and so cannot grow upnormally.For the children who commit crimes and are kept in prisons in degrading conditions, withno chance to learn better.
Praying about 
Lord, you once said: “Let the children come to me. Do not stop them, or the kingdom o God is or those who are like them.”Hear our prayer and give all children throughout the world the joy o lie and hope or abetter uture. Amen.
— The International Federation o ACAT
All through the Bible: through the words o the prophets, through your laws andcommandments, through Jesus’ lie and teachings, we see how you care about the poor,and the value you place on the downtrodden and vulnerable. We pray or the millions o children trapped in child labor around the world.We know that you know each one o them by name. We know you love them. Help us tosee them with your eyes, and love them with your heart — a heart that must be broken bythe ugly reality o how your children are treated.Strengthen and inspire us to move orward in our journey o justice or these littleones. Help us to see the role we can play in encouraging alternatives or amilies andcommunities. Thank you or how much you care. Help us care. Help us act.Amen
— World Vision Canada
who sneak popsicles beore supper,who erase holes in math workbooks,who can never fnd their shoes.And we pray or thosewho stare at photographers rom behind barbed wire,who can’t bound down the street in a new pair o sneakers,who never “counted potatoes,”who are born in places we wouldn’t be caught dead,who never go to the circus,who live in an X-rated world.We pray or childrenwho bring us sticky kisses and fstuls o dandelions,who hug us in a hurry and orget their lunch money.And we pray or thosewho never get dessert,who have no sae blanket to drag behind them,who watch their parents watch them die,who can’t fnd any bread to steal,
“We knowthat youknow eachone of themby name. Weknow youlove them.”
who don’t have any rooms to clean up,whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser,whose monsters are real.We pray or childrenwho spend all their allowance beore Tuesday,who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pickat their ood,who like ghost stories,who shove dirty clothes under the bed, and never rinse out the tub,who get visits rom the tooth airy,who don’t like to be kissed in ront o the carpool,who squirm in worship and scream in the phone,whose tears we sometimes laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.And we pray or thosewhose nightmares come in the daytime,who will eat anything,who have never seen a dentist,who aren’t spoiled by anybody,who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,who live and move, but have no being.We pray or children who want to be carriedand or those who must,or those we never give up on and or those whodon’t get a second chance,or those we smother and or those who will grabthe hand o anybody kind enough to oer it.
— Ina J. Hughes
Deender o the oppressed and the orphan, we pray or all children in our nation and ourworld who suer rom poverty, injustice, and ear.Hear the cries o your children, O God.For children who are runaways, homeless, in institutions or jails,In your tender mercy, encourage and strengthen them, O God.For children who are disabled in mind or body,In your tender mercy, provide them ood, O God.For babies born at risk, or children who are sick, and or those who lack proper healthcare, especially pregnant teenagers,In your tender mercy, help and sustain them, O God.
“For childrenwho aredisabled inmind or body,In your tendermercy, providethem food,O God.”

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