It is a tough world. Humanity’s fallen nature, a self-centred and materialistic culture not to mention COVID-19 are all having a powerful effect on a vast segment of the population, and nowhere is this more evident than among young people.
Even with the best intentions in sharing the gospel to others, it is not enough. Ultimately, the battle for the hearts, minds and souls of (young) people is spiritual. One thing I’ve learned in children/youth ministry is that I just don’t have the means to win that battle. There is nothing I can do to ensure a young person will turn from the lures of this world and toward Jesus. But God can!
Programs, plans, mission statements and activities on a human level have little effect. But when we humbly bow and ask for God’s intervention, awesome things begin to happen.
Regardless of whether we are working with children/youth or if we are raising them, prayer for should be central to all of our lives.
Here are just three simple actions to prayer to help you along:
- Pray for the children/youth in our church. Whether they be regular church attendees, part of Kids’/Andy’s Club, Refuge or through Scripture at Oak Flats, Balarang and Oak Flats High.
- Pray for parents and guardians of children and youth. Pray parents would grow in their relationship with Christ. For parents who have yet to accept Christ, pray they would understand their need for a Saviour and become a Christian.
- Pray for the Children’s and Youth ministry leaders. Pray they would hear God’s voice as they read His Word and prepare the lessons. Pray for their spiritual growth and relationship with Christ.
Remember that there is power and peace to be found in calling on his name through prayer!
– Valerie O’Regan