Dear Partners in Prayer,
2 Corinthians 1:20 tells us
For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him.
That is why we utter the Amen through Him, to the glory of God.
When it comes to comparing the promises of man with the promises of God, the fact is that man’s promises are often fleeting and unfulfilled, even when given with good intentions. Broken people break promises. What we hope is a “yes” becomes a “no” resulting in discouragement and loss of hope and trust. This is especially true for those in the world of foster care. However, God’s promises are unchangeable and unfailing. Why? Because it is God who gives them and Christ who fulfills them! Not some of His promises, ALL of them! Every. Single. One.
LET’S MAKE THIS NO-VEMBER YES-VEMBER!
Prayer is an expression of belief in the promises that God has given and Christ has secured for us. The word “Amen” means “I agree” or “This is true.” So, simply put, AMEN means YES in the context of addressing our God! Because AMEN and YES mean the same thing, we see in this verse that Jesus Christ is saying His YES or His AMEN through His promises, and we who are in Christ say our “YES” or our “AMEN” back to God through prayer!
Here are some promises we can grab hold of and say “YES and AMEN” to as we intercede for those in the foster care community.
Promise of His Presence
Psalm 145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.” Let us pray for foster parents, caseworkers, biological parents, vulnerable adults and children to seek the Lord and call on Him in truth. May they know and feel the presence of the Lord as they cry out to Him!
Promises when Patience is needed
Oh, how hard it is to be patient when you are navigating in the world of foster care! There is so much waiting! Children who are waiting for a home, foster parents waiting for a placement, agency workers waiting for someone to help, waiting, waiting, waiting… Let’s say YES to these promises as we pray for patience.
Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
Also Psalm 40:1 “I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry.”
Promise of Strength
Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Please pray that those in the foster care community will look to the LORD and not put their hope in anyone or anything else. Pray that God would give them His strength as he promises in 1 Thessalonians 5:24 “The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.”
Promise of Wisdom
Foster parents need wisdom to know the best ways to show faithful love and care for the children placed in their homes. Caseworkers need wisdom for decisions on individual cases they deal with daily. At-risk families need wisdom to know how to move into more secure situations. Wisdom is needed and wisdom is promised. James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without find fault, and it will be given to him.”
Promises especially for vulnerable children and at-risk youth
Would you please lay hold of God’s promises saying “YES and AMEN” for those who:
- don’t understand why their world is falling apart.
- have been separated from siblings.
- are afraid, angry and/or traumatized.
- are in unsafe situations.
- long for home, family, security.
- can no longer trust.
- feel unheard and unseen.
Psalm 10:17 “You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.”
Psalm 55:17 “Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice.”
Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”
Psalm 69:33 “The Lord hears the needy and does not despise His captive people.”
Psalm 102:17 “He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; He will not despise their plea.”
We are so thankful that when we come to Him in prayer with all of our needs, He comes to us with all of His promises. Hallelujah! Thank you for joining with us in saying “YES and AMEN” to the One for whose glory we ultimately pray!
Thank you all for helping us to make NO-vember YES-vember as we say “YES AND AMEN” to our God! May thankfulness for His fulfilled promises fill you and overflow you during this Thanksgiving season.
With gratitude to our great Promise Keeper,
The TFI Team