And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Rom 5:3-6)

Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Praying Youth

Below is a post of encouragement that I would like to share with our church.


Just for you to know, last night in Team Kid the Jr High group took time to pray.  It turned out amazing, even awesome. Last week the group studied the Lord's Prayer.  We discussed each part and why it is important.  The goal was to give them a framework for prayer.

Last night, to accommodate the time we used the pattern of ACTS for prayer.  This is Adoration (Worshiping God for who He is), Confession (repentance and confession), Thanksgiving, and Supplication (Praying for needs).

Mind you these are Junior High students who are sometimes wound up like a spring driven toy.  But when it was time to pray they took it seriously.

For twenty five minutes we engaged in real prayer.  They seemed absolutely unaffected by the chatter of kids outside our door.  No one was required to pray, but everyone did.  Even when it came time to confess sin the students spoke up.  The depth of heart and thoughts were reflected in their words.  If you did not know their ages, you would have thought you were in the midst of a people broken for God.  Several of them have commented that this time of prayer was the best session we have had thus far in Team Kid.  They want to pray more.

Be encouraged.  There are those among the younger generations whom will stand for Christ.  Please always make time to reach out and give these people opportunities to know they are loved and appreciated in their church.

Pastor Wes

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