This adoption prayer was written to help you pray while going through the legal process of adopting a child. The adoption process can bring a roller coaster of emotions and times of stressful waiting. Prayer can be a way to tell God the desires of your heart while praying for the child of God’s choosing for your family.
Dear heavenly Father, we thank You that children are a gift from You and that their angels are always in Your presence in heaven. (Matthew 18:10) Today we pray for _________________ (name of child or unknown/unborn child God has already chosen for us) who is in need of a new family better able to care for, nurture and love them.
We also thank you, Father, that you have given loving hearts to ____________________ (name of prospective adoptive parent(s) and that they feel called by their love for this precious child to begin the adoption process. You know the difficulties that _______________ have gone through and the prayer and effort they have put into their decision to adopt. Here are some of the obstacles and problems they have encountered so far in their journey toward receiving the child of Your choosing _______________________.
We pray that the adoption process will run smoothly and that the doors will open so this child may become a permanent part of this new family. We pray for wisdom and discernment for all doctors, lawyers, social workers, judges and court staff that they will work in the best interest of this child. We also pray for Your provision of the resources of money and expert advice needed for the prospective parents.
We pray for the birth mother that you will give her courage and hope. We particularly pray the following for her now ___________________________________________________________.
We pray for the birth father that you will give him wisdom and compassion. We pray the following for him right now________________________________________________________________________________.
Prayer While awaiting finalization of adoption:
Father, the longer this child is in their new prospective home, the stronger the bonds of love are growing each day. We pray that You will help all involved – child, prospective parents, grandparents, birth parents and friends – cope with the stress of not knowing if and when the adoption will be final. We pray specifically for the following mercies and grace _________________________________.
We pray that your will be done in this precious child’s life and that this child will be surrounded by love and nurtured in the knowledge of You so they may grow into the strong, secure, beautiful person you desire. Here are the blessings we pray for this child _______________________________________.
Guide us as we pray and make us instruments of healing and help in this situation. And guard our own hearts with the knowledge that You are here and that You care. In the name of Jesus who blessed little children by taking them into his arms, Amen.
Additional prayer request while awaiting finalization of adoption: Father, the longer this child is in their new prospective home, the stronger the bonds of love are growing each day. We pray that You will help all involved – child, prospective parents, grandparents, birth parents and friends – cope with the stress of not knowing if and when the adoption will be final. We pray specifically for the following mercies and grace _________________________________.
About this adoption prayer
Adoption is one of God’s provisions for children and parents and society. The Scripture talks about adoption in several key passages. While the Hebrew people were in captivity in Egypt, baby Moses was adopted by the daughter of Pharoah when she discovered him in a basket in the marsh near the Nile River. This adoption gave Moses an unprecedented education in the culture and the learning of the times which equipped him for becoming one of the greatest leaders in the history of Israel. The Bible says, “He became her son.” (Exodus 2:10 NIV)
Another example of adoption in the Bible involves a notable Hebrew heroine named Esther who persuaded the Persian king to allow the Jewish people to defend themselves from legalized slaughter. The Bible tells us that Esther was raised by her cousin. The Bible says, “Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died.” (Esther 2:7 NIV)
Adoption is a beautiful and profound mirror of God’s relationship with all of us. Romans says, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.” (Romans 8:15-17 NIV)
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