Pray continuously. And pray without ceasing. God wants to be in constant communication with us throughout our days, in our good times and bad. The more you pray and talk with God, the more your relationship will build. God’s ultimate goal is to know us- he wants to share with us his goodness. Don’t be ashamed in telling God what you need or how you feel, remember He already knows. 

Colossians 4:2 commands us to “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” In Christianity, prayer is a way of life. While not only remembering to pray for yourself, but also looking out for others needs, and thanking God for the blessings he has already given you. 

In foster care, pray for the wellness of your little ones, biological and foster- as well as their biological families. Pray for your future and past foster children. Pray that they’re experiencing peace and that they feel loved, and that they find a relationship with the Lord. Ask for guidance so that the Lord speaks through you, in a way that is best received by your children.

To further your life in prayer, try incorporating a prayer journal into your life. This can be something that you sit within the morning before work, during the day, or before you go to bed. It can be used as a reminder to sit with the Lord in prayer about all that is going on in your life, internally and externally. The journal allows you to write out your prayers so that you have the ability to refer back to them and see what blessing God has placed in your life, whether he answered them the way you thought or not. 

A few verses to encourage you on your journey in prayer:

1 John 5:14- “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

1 Chronicles 16:11- “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.”

James 5:13- “ Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”

12 Romans 12:2-5-  “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”