Our mission statement at Divorce Ministry 4 Kids reads:
“To honor God by standing up for the child of divorce (including children whose parents were never married and are no longer together) by
1. Teaching people about the effects of divorce on children;
2. Equipping those who work with children to serve these kids more effectively;
3. Calling the church to serve, support and minister to these children and their families; and
4. Serving children of divorce and their families as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.”
The fourth pillar of our mission statement means that we want to find very practical ways to serve the children of divorce and their families. For us, it is not enough to just speak or write generally about children of divorce; we want to serve individual children of divorce and their families. We also seek to serve those who work with children of divorce. One very effective means and practical way that we can serve these kids and this community is through prayer.
James 5:13-16 tells us:
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Prayer is important, and it is something that God calls us to do for one another. There are so many verses in the Bible dealing with prayer that I can’t possibly include them all here, but I do want to share a couple:
In Ephesians 6, Paul describes how we should put on the whole Armor of God. In verse 18, he reminds us that we should be:
…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Along those same lines, one of my favorite verses (in fact, the verse that concludes all of my e-mails) is Romans 12:12 which says:
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
There is no denying the importance of prayer. As children’s ministers, volunteers, workers and followers of Christ committed to the children of divorce, part of our mission and fight should be undertaken in prayer. So, how can we pray for the child of divorce? What types of things should we pray? I want to share a number of ways we should pray for these kids and a few that we should not. I have tried to group them by category to make them easier to use. If you know a child of divorce, here is something that you can do that is very practical and is also something that can be done from the comfort of your own home, office, car or wherever you might be.
Over the course of the this week and next, we will look at specific prayers about:
- Prayers about Divorce in General and Our Divorce Culture
- Prayers for the Church
- Prayers for a Specific Child of Divorce
- Praying with a Child of Divorce
- A Word of Warning about Praying with Children of Divorce
- Prayers for the Family of a Child of Divorce
- Prayers for You in Dealing with the Child of Divorce
- Prayers for Divorce Ministry 4 Kids
Make sure to check back next Wednesday for a pdf download of the complete series including all 100 ways to pray for the child of divorce.
INTRODUCING THE DIVORCE MINISTRY 4 KIDS PRAYER WALL
At Divorce Ministry 4 Kids, we are committed to praying for Children of Divorce, children of single parents, children in step families, parents of these children, children’s ministry leaders and volunteers, those who run program specifically designed to help children of divorce and anyone else touched by, or with a passion for, these kids. To that end, we have created a Prayer Wall.
At our prayer wall, you can do one of two things:
1. If you have a prayer request, you simply leave that request on our wall and rest assured that someone will be praying for you and your situation. While the form will ask for some basic information, there is an option to post your request totally anonymously. God knows who you are, and we are quite certain that He will associate our prayers with you. If you are willing, we would love for you to share your name that we can pray for you by name. If you have previously posted a request and have an answered prayer story to share, we would love to hear it. Please e-mail us at wayne@DivorceMinistry4Kids.com with your answered prayer stories.
If you are a prayer warrior, and we need you if you are, please check the prayer wall frequently and help us by answering the prayer requests listed there. There is simple way to let people know that you have prayed for them. At Divorce Ministry 4 Kids, we believe in the power of prayer and have seen its effects first hand. The more people we can get praying for the requests on the Prayer Wall the better! If you are an active prayer warrior on our Prayer Wall, please let us know by e-mailing wayne@DivorceMinistry4Kids.com. It is certainly not required, but we would be blessed by knowing that there are others out there helping us with this cause.