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Becoming an Answer to Our Prayers
By Guest Author on April 30th, 2012

All across the earth today, we see harsh injustices permeating societies and bearing down upon a fatherless generation. Children are being killed in their mother’s wombs. Others are trafficked as slaves. Still millions more are growing up on the streets, in orphanages, or in foster homes. As the Church, we have rightly prayed that God would bring change. But as we hold up these children before the God of justice, may we also present ourselves as those willing to be the answer to our own prayers.

But are we ready to be that answer? If the abortion law is changed, would we be ready for the babies that will now survive the womb but still remain unwanted? Are we ready to walk the rescued victims of sex-trafficking through healing and deliverance? Could we really take up the call to empty the foster care system and take in the abused and neglected children?

If I am honest, I don’t think that I am ready to be the answer to these big prayers, though I want to be. But I know that God can prepare me, can prepare us, the Church, to bring justice to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to open prison doors (Isaiah 61:1) . The vital question is, how do we prepare for something so great? Lately, my cry to God has been “Oh God, raise up anointed laborers who have tarried in the place of gazing at YOU and who have taken the time to prepare themselves to be an answer to their prayers.”
Our preparedness is birthed from the place of knowing Jesus intimately. When we look at Jesus, we become like Him. The first and most important way we can prepare is to gaze upon Jesus; to spend, long and loving hours in His presence. We need to be encountered by LOVE Himself. We must look at His character and His nature. He is the best teacher and will show us how to love, discipline and walk broken and hurting children through healing and deliverance.

Secondly, we need to ask God to fill us with love, JOY and power. I want to walk in the power of Isaiah 61 and see the brokenhearted actually healed and the captives actually set free. This verse is not just speaking of physical captivity. It is also spiritual. The children that are coming from broken places will need to be freed from many places of bondage– fear, suicidal thoughts, manipulating behaviors, eating disorders and the list goes on.

Third but not last, we need WISDOM from the throne room of God. God says to ask for wisdom and He will give it. We can gain wisdom through reading the Word, learning from other people, taking classes, reading books, and staying in the place of continual learning.

May we stand before God filled with love, joy, and wisdom abounding in our hearts, that He may be able to entrust us with the fatherless generation we are crying out for.

God of justice, give us grace to be an answer to our prayers and anoint us to be bringers of justice.

-Danielle Helmer

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