Isaiah 43:18-19 (NLT)
18  “But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
19  For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?

My Heavenly Father,

I lift before you those men and women who are considering adopting one of your children into their family.

I pray first for those who are considering adoption for the wrong reasons.

Enlighten those considering or deter the process if they are looking for a child to fill their emotional needs.

Save that child from well-intentioned men and women who see it as a moral duty to help a homeless child.  Let them see there must be better reasons.

Grant them courage to step back from an adoption decision if they are not in complete agreement about the adoption or cannot talk honestly about how they feel concerning the adoption.

Protect that child from couples that see a child as a means of repairing a dysfunctional relationship or family as children are never to be pawns or weapons.

Grant your patience and grace to worthy couples and save them from any temptation to use any means other than legal adoption.

Strengthen their existing marriage and family to provide a safe and stable home for these new lives.  Especially so, Lord, if the child has special needs or difficulties.

Test their lives and attitudes so that they are truly ready to receive this child with a lifelong commitment that is prepared for both the good and bad times.

Give them a sacrificial love like yours so that they can handle any possible rejection and wait patiently for love and acceptance.

Provide for them mentors and agents that can guide them through the intricacies of adoption and walk beside them in the coming journey.  AMEN

Having prayed this prayer…

Look around to families you know that have adopted children and get to know them better.

If you are considering adoption, find other couples who have adopted and glean from their wisdom.

And remember: Adoption is good; therefore, positive attitudes about adoption should be developed early.

—The older a child is, the harder adoption is to accept.

—Being truthful reinforces the values of honesty and trust.

—When a child is told early in life, adoption becomes an accepted part of family life.