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A Call to Pray for the ‘Discarded’
discard: … to get rid of especially as useless or unwanted … — Merriam-Webster.com
Recently, I was walking my dog and praying. I came upon a pink silicone bracelet, on the ground, with the words Young Life printed on it. The item lay discarded in an empty field right behind a facility that promotes death.
Young Life. Discarded. Let that sink in.
Have you taken your place on the wall?
Was it an accident, or was it intentional? Did she drop it unawares, or deliberately throw it away?
Some synonyms for discard: abandon, cancel, eliminate, reject, remove, renounce. This is the enemy’s playbook.
Holding that bracelet in my hand, I felt a flood of grief and anger wash over me. But mostly anger. “Enough,” I said. “ENOUGH!”
And when I got home, I immediately notified my prayer-warrior posse.
Enough. Are we tired yet? Are we tired of the enemy’s trying to discard our children — throwing away young lives full of hope?
And yet, this is bigger than just the unborn. What else is being stolen or destroyed? Who else has been “discarded”?
- thousands of children in the foster-care system;
- teens who harm themselves, are suicidal, or suffer from addiction or eating disorders;
- children who are homeless and/or trafficked;
- juveniles in detention;
- untold numbers of boys living in single-mother homes, with no male role model present.
We continue to armor up and pray for these children and youths. But when do we go on the offensive? When do we storm the state capitols, the Supreme Court, the Congress — as we do for the right to life or for educational malfeasance? Do we stand up at city council meetings and demand action on such businesses as smoke shops and game rooms? When do we stand for election to the board of a nonprofit, or attend public-service or accountability meetings for juvenile justice institutions or for child-protective services agencies?
One antonym for discard: to choose.
To choose what? This is a little bigger than choosing a name off the Angel Tree. It’s choosing to foster, to adopt; it’s choosing to take a fatherless boy fishing or to teach him how to change a tire — rather than choosing each weekend to go tee up at your golf game; it’s volunteering at a mental-health institution or a homeless shelter; it’s praying with that terrified mom at the ER, whose daughter has just slit her wrists. Even better — it’s babysitting all the rest of her kids while she sits waiting at the ER!
Young Lives. Discarded? Unwanted? Choosing life is more than praying.
What a concept: choosing life, versus discarding things.
Father, we see all this evil going viral all over our nation: Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed (Isa. 59:14 NLT). But we thank You that your Ekklesia is waking up: A righteous person hates a false statement, but a wicked person acts disgustingly and shamefully (Prov. 13:5 NASB). It is true that we are fighting — for the unborn, for fair elections, for honest lawmakers, for ethical medicine. But it’s not enough. Open our eyes, Lord. Help us to truly see and listen. Help us get out of our comfort zones. Open our hands to touch. Help us to remember what you told us in John 14, that we can do greater works than You did, Jesus, because You now are seated in authority at the right hand of God. When we walk humbly, do justice, and love mercy (Mic. 6:8), then our acts will go viral throughout our nation: … your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:10 NIV). Amen.
How are you praying for those around you who may feel “discarded”? Share below.
Wenona Andress, LCSW, is a clinical social worker and therapist in Lubbock, Texas. Photo credit: Canva.
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Heavenly Father, thank you for this testimony from Wenona Andress and the raising of a voice for the most vulnerable. Please show each of us where You would have us to be involved and active under Your leadership and equipped in Your will.
Isaiah 58:6-14 reminds us what You call a fast and an acceptable day to the YOU, LORD. To loose the bonds of wickedness, share our bread with the hungry, bring the homeless poor into our house, cover the naked, hide our own flesh. No pointing the finger, nor speaking wickedness. Pour ourselves out for the hungry, satisfy the desire of the afflicted. You will guide us continually. Then shall our light break forth like the dawn, our healing shall spring up speedily , Your righteousness shall go before us, the glory of You will be our rear guard. You will make our bones strong, we will be like a watered spring, whose water never fails. You shall raise up the foundations of many generations, you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.
Thank You Lord that all this and much more can and will be accomplished in and through You! By faith we stand in agreement to Your plan and say “Praise be the LORD”! Amen.
Father God thank you for showing us the way that you have prepared for each one of us to serve you and your people and help us see your plan every step of the way in the year ahead and we give you thanks and praise…
Father, give us direction on serving those who are disabled. Some things we cannot do but you have not called us to do all things. I thank you that I am able to serve Heartbeats and women who are facing unplanned pregnancies, It is a privilege to pray for them and walk with them. Thank you for the opportunity to put feet to our prayers. May we be faithful to do that.
Several months ago I felt compelled to begin using the authority Jesus gave us to bind on earth as they ARE bound in heaven, the demons of mental illness and the demons of sexual perversions… and I figured if God put it on my heart He has put it on the hearts of thousands of others also… Like Elijah, I am not alone.
Binding the demons is chopping the root of all the issues regarding the “discarded”.
In Yeshua’s Holy name. Yes and Amen!
Nursing homes need prayers for the blood thinner Xeltro that may have been the reason they are in a nursing home, dementia and blurred vision in several people I have investigated. Prayers needed. We are being groomed by evil. Prayers for our senior and kids. Lord Jesus I thank you for everything you do for me. Amen
My example is found in Rees Howells Intercessor as he interceded financially, emotionally, and in prayer for the traumatized. I think we fail unless we have specific people in mind. Putting boots to our prayers and a face is essential.
The elderly are being discarded also , as of no value. No one listens to the wisdom we have gained over the years. The young know it all these days or think they do.
Pray for the elderly and do not discard them.
Very true. At the nursing home I volunteer at, I am the only visitor for 98% of them. Only 2 of the residents have a family member visit them.
Amen to this. And I would add all the grownups who were discarded ad kids and feel no sense of hope or connection. I have been one of those. I praise God for this space of prayer and challenge. We live for an invisible kingdom and have been given all we need to choose the discarded. May we act.
Father God, awaken your remnant church to take action and speak boldly where others cower under intimidation and forceful wills. We have the authority of Your Son’s Name and Blood to counter these hostile ideas. Let’s go on the offensive and push back against the wiles of the Devil now in Jesus Holy Name. Amen.