Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Praying For Our Teens

Our church is blessed to have a youth group full of teenagers.  These young men and women are in the process of growing into young adults. If there is a teen in your family, you know this transition can be a bit difficult to navigate.  But our church family can join together to pray for our teens. This is a powerful way to impact the next generation. May we pray and believe that this generation of students will have an amazing impact on our world and will pursue God with a greater zeal and passion than the generations before them. 

Here are 10 things to pray for today’s teenager:

1. Purpose
I believe God has a plan and purpose for every student. I speak this over teenagers and ask God to, no matter what their circumstances are, give them passion and a deep-seated purpose for living.

2. Friendships
I spend time talking about the friendships young people develop more than other topics because I know the truth that you are (and become) who you hang out with. I pray God will give today’s teenager wisdom in choosing their friends and that God will bring people into their lives who will point them to Christ. I also pray that He will use students to encourage and build up each other like never before.

3. Character
Today’s teen is bombarded with every temptation known to man, and the enemy is seeking to destroy their character. I pray that this generation of students may experience an ongoing transformation by having their minds renewed and that they will be examples to the world in their speech, lives, love, faith and purity. I also ask for more great Christ-like role models for our students, particularly among their own peers.

4. Purity
I pray that God would give our students more of a hunger for righteousness than a sexual appetite, and that they would see through the enemy’s lies. I ask God to strengthen them and give them the drive to flee sexual immorality and help them reserve the gift of sex for marriage.

5. Passion
May God grant this generation of teenagers an anointing of power by the Holy Spirit to be the greatest witnesses for Christ Jesus that we’ve ever known. I also pray that their zeal for obedience would supersede any other human desire that they have.

6. Money
The root of all evil is the love of money. I pray that God would give spiritual eyes to today’s teen and help them to view money as a great resource for Kingdom purposes. May God grant them contentment in plenty or when poor because of their richness in Christ Jesus.

7. Submission and Honor
I pray that this generation would submit to Christ and to those in authority over them. May he give them grace to love, respect and honor their parents, teachers, spiritual leaders and governing officials.

8. Spiritual Growth
I pray that God nurtures the soil of the hearts of young people and grants them a greater sensitivity to their spirit so that they may grow in the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ. I also pray for more passionate workers for the harvest of youth ministry.

9. Discernment
I pray God would give our teenagers the knowledge of the truth of God and spiritual eyes to see so that the enemy would not be able to deceive them. I pray they may also be able to discern between the teachings of the Living God and false gods or prophets.

10. Hope
May God help today’s teen take every thought captive for Christ. I pray He would also fill every young person with the hope of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and protect their minds and hearts from hopelessness. May God also help them to cling to Christ during discouragement and soak up His strength when offering this same hope to others.

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