Encouragement, Family Support, Foster ParentingMay. 9, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | Prayers for Seasons of Change

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On Monday morning, our family woke up just like usual, not having a clue that the number of children in our home would double before the end of the day.

Not only that, but one of those children would be an infant.

?!

I haven’t had an infant in the house for five years, ya’ll. I soon found out that I didn’t remember very well what I thought I remembered: babies are serious business.

And so our family is once more facing a season of transition. It’s par for the course when you’re involved with foster care.

But really, it’s par for the course in life, isn’t it? I’m sure you’ve experienced your fair share.

If you’re now going through a season of change, I hope lifting these prayers to the Lord is an encouragement to your sometimes-tremulous heart, the way it has been for mine just this very week.

If you’re not in a time of transition yourself, consider praying the Scriptures on behalf of someone in your life who is enduring such a time.

Prayers for Seasons of Change

Praise Jesus for His changeless nature – He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

Claim God’s promised identity as the One who goes before you, who will be with you and never leave you nor forsake you. Ask Him to help you not fear or be discouraged (Deuteronomy 31:8).

Thank God that nothing comes as a surprise to Him; He knows the plans He has for you – plans for your welfare and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

Nothing about my life takes God by surprise.

Acknowledge before the Lord that He designed the changing seasons of life. Pray that He would help you accept that for everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven. Thank Him for allowing seasons of change for His distinct purposes (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Ask the Lord to help you not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, to present your requests to God. Remind Him of His promised peace that surpasses human understanding guarding your heart (Philippians 4:6-7).

Commit to the Lord that you will not look to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen, for the things that are seen are fleeting, but the things that are unseen are eternal. Ask Him to help you look beneath the surface of your circumstance, to God’s eternal purpose and His everlasting Kingdom (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Praise God that change can be one of His perfect gifts. Thank Him for changing you into a new creation when you received Jesus Christ as your Savior (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Change is 1 of life’s few constants but God is sovereign over every change.

Dear Heavenly Father, Your Word gives us these truths:

Of old You laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of Your hands.
They will perish, but You will remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
but You are the same, and Your years have no end. (Psalm 102:25-27)

Thank you, Lord, that the changing nature of creation serves to highlight Your eternal nature. There is no one like You, God. Please help me put my trust in You during this season of change, walking with confidence in Your plan and Your provision. It’s in the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior, I pray. Amen.

 

Jennifer Clarke Jennifer Clarke

Loving child of Almighty God, adoring wife, homeschooling mother of three, and thankful foster mom, Jennifer is active in teaching and music ministries in her local church. She is passionate about encountering her Savior and about encouraging other women to do the same. It would be an honor to have you visit her at A Divine Encounter!

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