I heard a sermon one time that encouraged us to "argue with God in prayer" by appealing to his character. As we've gone through our adoption process, I found myself many times praying, "Lord, I know that you care about the orphan. You care about our kids who are in the orphanage right now without parents and I ask you to exercise your care for these fatherless children by causing their paperwork to go through smoothly so that we can bring them home and care for them as soon as possible. There is nothing too hard for you Lord, so please show us your power over governments by allowing us to pass court and bring these children home, etc."
Below are some Scriptures that have really grounded my prayers in the Word and also given me a basis by which to appeal to the Lord. Hope you find them helpful!
Jeremiah 32:27 "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?”
Mark 10:27 “For all things are possible with God."
Psalm 147:5a “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power”
Psalm 9:9 “The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”
Isaiah 30:18 “For the LORD is a God of justice”
Deuteronomy 10:18 “He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.”
Isaiah 1:17 “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.”
Hosea 14:3 “In you the orphan finds mercy.”
Psalm 146:9 “The LORD watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.”
What a great God we serve!