There is no substitute for giving time for our kids.
There is no substitute for giving time to the practice of prayer.
God knows the specific needs of each of these children. And the Foster Children Prayer Initiative gives a way to partner our prayers with God’s heart for the 5,500 children in foster care within greater Houston. This is probably the most foundational way we can contribute and make a difference for foster and adoptive children, whether we bring them into our families or make it possible for others to welcome them into their families.
Our goal is to cover each child in state care within the greater Houston area in prayer.
Our prayer initiative offers a guide for prayer volunteers to pray for ten children in state care in the greater Houston area. Praying for each child individually, identified by gender and age, we believe that we can pray for a distinct expression of their needs. Recognizing that everyone has a different amount of time to offer, we have grouped the children into packets of ten. Prayer volunteers may take one group or several groups.
Prayer is indeed, essential to our relationship with God and each other. There is something about considering each child that makes this more compelling.
Partner your prayers with the Foster Children Prayer Initiative for the Greater Houston Area.
Register below for a prayer group, or contact us to explore engaging your congregation in this endeavor.
Why is this just for the Greater Houston Area?
The day we received the actual report from CPS, listing each child’s gender and age, we were compelled to write this guide right away. Our area of focus for this ministry is specifically the greater Houston area, and we are often told to “dream bigger” or use “more impressive numbers” such as numbers of children in care in the state of Texas, our nation, or even the world. Children do not need impressive numbers, they need someone with them day in and day out, caring and praying for them. Knowing they are not alone, no matter what they face, is essential. We believe this begins with someone nearby, praying for them. Join us in prayer for our greater Houston area children. Together, we will see answered prayers. Then, we can show the state, nation, and world how to do the same in their local areas.
What is the purpose of the Foster Children Prayer Initiative?
Prayer is a conduit to the living God and essential to our relationship with God and each other. By faith, we believe God hears all of our prayers for local foster children, and it is right that we continue to pray in our congregations during worship, in our supportive care groups, and Bible studies. However, we can also pray in a more concrete way for each child in care. All prayers receive answers, but sometimes it seems that general prayers receive general answers and specific prayers receive specific answers. It is a powerful honor to partner with God for each of these children when praying for a child’s specific needs.
How can we do this if I don’t know the name or particular circumstance of each child?
To protect the children, we can only know their gender and age. But, we believe that we can pray for a distinct expression of each child’s definite needs regardless of the fact that we do not know each child personally. If it helps, nicknames are a good way to engage when praying for a child. Do what works for you and know that when you pray for an “11-year-old Boy, or “3-year-old Girl,” you are praying for a specific child in care this year. We can ask: What is this child’s desire? Do we have faith that this child can expect to receive an answer? Are we ready to give this to God? Are we in agreement with God for this child?
Enter your email below to participate in the Foster Children Prayer Initiative.
We will register your email with 10 children currently in foster care – your “prayer group” – and you can begin lifting them up in prayer!
Thank you so much for your heart for these children – may you also grow in your understanding and love of God through this experience.
In the participant area you will get:
- The gender and age of 10 children currently in foster care in the Greater Houston area
- Printables of bookmarks to note the children’s details so you can have them in hand
- A Prayer Guide with suggested prayers and ideas for prayer techniques
If you have already registered with Cultivating Families, but haven’t yet signed up for the Prayer Initiative, go ahead and follow the prompts to Log In when the alert pops up. You’ll be brought back to this page to finalize registering for the Prayer Initiative. You’re almost there!