The following is an email sent to many Compassion employees on Sunday by Menchit Wong, our child advocacy director. It contains new prayer requests and an update on previous prayer requests for our Philippines brothers and sisters, in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
We all need prayer. Some days more than others. So what if today, on the National Day of Prayer, we pray for one another?
Let the pain of trafficking around the world seep into your heart. Then channel your outrage at injustice – pray and act.
Pray that God would fill your sponsored child with a passion for proclaiming God’s glory and sharing His gospel with their community.
Although they do not have material wealth, pray that your sponsored child would be overflowing with thankfulness to God for the gifts He has given them.
God has given sponsored children around the world His ear, that even though they are often voiceless in this world, He cares for their prayers.
Pray that your sponsored child would learn self-discipline and would become prudent, even when surrounded by recklessness.
Pray that your sponsored child would cling to God and develop a passion for Him.
Pray that your sponsored child would attack their school work with eagerness, as doing it for the Lord. Pray that in all their endeavors, they would devote them to the Lord and do it in His strength.
Pray that your sponsored child would be filled with the hope they have in Christ.
Pray that your sponsored child would serve others around them with all their heart and that they would learn to put the needs of others before their own.
Pray that your sponsored child’s faith would be growing more and more each day.
Praise God that the secret to being content is not being well fed or living in plenty.
Pray that your sponsored child would learn responsibility and diligence in the Lord.
Pray that through the comfort they have received in their troubles, your sponsored child would learn to comfort others.
Pray that your sponsored child would grow in true humility — that they would have a God-given understanding of their identity in Him.
Pray that God would fill your sponsored child with perseverance and that they would set their eyes above on the things that last.
While their sponsored children may not be physically here with them, they have already taken root in the hearts and home of the Cone family.
Pray that your sponsored child would reject the lie that joy comes from worldly success or our circumstances.
Pray that your sponsored child would love peace and reject useless quarreling. Pray that they would become peace makers in their community.
Wess Stafford often says that you can’t outgive the poor. Pray that your sponsored child will grow in generosity and will be willing to share what he or she has with others who also are in need.
Thank God for how He is working through His Spirit to transform your sponsored child. Pray that your child would become more and more like Christ in the kindness he or she shows others.
In many of the places where sponsored children live, youth become parents while still teenagers. Pray that God would give your sponsored child courage and perseverance to stay pure.
Pray that your sponsored child would find strength and courage in the Lord for whatever they face each day.