God can bring a harvest of healing and redemption to fragmented families across this nation!
Abiding in the Lord is a preparatory practice toward a redeeming work of the Holy Spirit.
The great missionary worker, Amy Carmichael, strongly focused her faith upon the promise of John 15:7 to rescue and redeem abandoned and disconnected children in her day.
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you,
ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7, ESV)
This was not just a daily devotional thought for Carmichael. It was a life verse! She knew God wanted to reach the children. And she knew the way to reach them was through God. So, she made her home in God’s presence and promise on their behalf.
Thus, John 15:7 served as the backbone of Amy Carmichael’s principles for prayer:
1. We don’t need to explain to our Father things that are known to him.
2. We don’t need to press him, as if we had to deal with an unwilling God.
3. We don’t need to suggest to him what to do, for he himself knows what to do.
As believers today in the midst of national crisis of fatherlessness, we would do well to abide in our Lord with the same certitude of faith. It is perhaps not just the best pathway of prayer but the truest way to prepare for the harvest itself.
The Lord has invited my morning abode for this cause. My heart longs to see God bring a mighty yield to Himself of children and youth who suffer fear and heartache from broken and missing family life. I know God sees the plight of these kids. I know he hears their cry of desperation for peace, hope and life. I know that he has a place of identity and destiny for each one of them within His family. I want to see them found.
There are a maturing Christian movement on a quest for family renewal and children in need. The first Sunday of November is increasingly being honored (rightly so) as “Orphan Sunday.”
However, such a day serves to call us to abidingly petition God beyond a “special day” or “special service.” Let us abide with Him for a harvest beyond awareness.
“Heavenly Father, have mercy upon America’s foster children and orphaned today.”
“Send the Heavenly Host to their aid.”
“Turn our eyes to their need and our will into action for them.”
“Give these underdog youth and children championship life.”
“Bring them home to a forever family.”
John 15:7 is a great promise! It must be an intercessory standard in the cause for children and youth who are separated from parents by the wreckage of sin.
It is an honor to work with some great people who abide before the Lord for such a harvest. Join us through your own abiding place with Jesus! God can bring a harvest of healing and redemption to fragmented families within our reach. I am confident of it!