Prayers of Hope for the Children & Home

Billy Graham once said, “Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God.” That is exactly what we tell the youth at Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home.

Prayers are powerful!

That is why we are asking you to pray for our youth through our Prayers of Hope initiative. The youth at the Home have many prayer requests and need the love and support from our staff and from friends of the Home.

Here is how our Prayers of Hope work: At the bottom of this page, there is a form for you to place your email. On the third Thursday of each month, 5-6 prayer requests from our youth will be emailed to you. If you do not have email, not to worry! Please call Susan Bennett at 765-482-5900 and we can arrange for physical copies to be mailed.

Below is our most recent monthly Prayers of Hope.

December 2022

Dear Friends,

Thank you for lifting up the youth at Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home in prayer. The Bible tells us about the power of prayer. Philippians 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

For privacy reasons, we have changed the names in each prayer…but God knows exactly who they are and what they need!

Isiah 9:16: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Dear Lord: We pray for Len, Curtis and Andrea as they study for their high school equivalency exams in our school. Thank you for placing them in our care, so we can help them achieve this important goal.  Please help them find the confidence to begin a process that is unfamiliar to them. Help them to understand that passing the test is a positive step toward their independence and success. Lord, make Your guidance present so they may alleviate fears and anxieties. In Your name we pray, Amen.

Almighty God: Marla is having difficulty being away from her biological mother. Marla has become lonely and depressed since they have not seen each other in two years. Help Marla have faith that she will be reunited in the coming months with her mother at the right time. Merciful Jesus, You are the guide, the author of hope and the object of our love. Amen.

Lord: We pray for Your Holy power. Thomas struggles with his past and feels guilty about some of the bad choices he has made. Lord, take away the memories that haunt Thomas and the anxieties that he faces daily.  Help Thomas to discover Your forgiveness and to know Your peace. Lord, fill Thomas with Your light and hope.  Amen.

Dear Lord: We celebrate the hard work of Jackie, LaToya and Franklin. For the past six weeks, they’ve had no late homework which is a major achievement and accomplishment for all. Thank You Lord for helping them understand the importance of deadlines and responsibility. We are thankful for the amazing teaching staff You surround them with. Let Jackie, LaToya and Franklin know that with Your love and guidance, all things are possible. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.

Almighty God: We pray for Paul. He has been selected leader in the Independent Living Learning Lab by the other students. Lord, we ask You to help Paul continue to discover leadership skills as he serves as a good role model for the other students in the lab.  Thank You for your presence and grace in Paul’s life. Amen.

Our Christmas Prayer for All

Father, we pray that You will turn hearts of our youth toward You as Christmas approaches. Help them celebrate the gifts of hope, peace, love and joy that You sent to us that first Christmas…Lord, You gave us all the gift of hope wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger. Thank You, Father, for Your immeasurable gift. In Jesus’ precious name, we pray. Amen.

We wish all our Prayer Warriors a very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year. Thank you for being our partners in prayer and our partners in our children’s mission!

Sign up to receive our monthly Prayers of Hope and help us pray for the needs of our children, as well as receive our quarterly Home News to learn about the good work Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home is doing in our community.