Monday, February 27, 2012

The Body of Christ - Part 3 - Praying for Our Youth

Dear Heavenly Father,

Our younger generation is always a target for the devil’s attack.  In some cases they have not been in the Body long.  They easily get caught up in the traps of temptation.  It’s easier to just put You aside so they can satisfy their own earthly desires for a while.  They are led to believe that it’s okay to do those things that you abhor for a little while.  They are not ready to fully commit themselves to You.  They call this the “Me” generation, and in a way we are all guilty of being a part of it.  We forget what Your word says about life, love, marriage, and money.

Lord, please take hold of Your children that are sitting on the fence.  Let a gentle breeze push them to the place of light.  Let their minds be rid of the lies that their behavior is justified and alright.  Let them understand that Your way is the only right way, and although it can be extremely painful to give up those selfish pleasures, the reward of coming back to the fold outweighs everything! 

It’s not easy being a good Christian, Lord.  It’s hard to give up attitudes we grew used to.  Our flesh controls us until we submit to You.  When we searched, we found we served a spirit of greed, of lust, of disobedience, or hate and contempt. 

Bless our younger generation Lord, give them revelation to see their ways are not Your ways, but are a perverted way, it’s not what You intended.  Give them strength, let them know that even as they tire, You are there to lift them on wings like eagles.  Let them know they are never alone!

Please continue to place the truth before them. Protect them from evil spirits that let them think it’s beautiful to excessively pierce and stain the bodies You gave them.   Help them to understand that the devil doesn’t care that they won’t be hired because of it, that doesn’t matter to the father of lies.  What is cool now could be disaster later.

Although You are always with Your children, as much the young as the old, they are not hearing.  Please speak to their hearts, send them the music or the app or the friend who knows You better.   Let us all rise in adoration to You, dear God!

There is hope for our young people, Lord; they are a testament to Your love.  And we hold them up to You for mercy and grace because we love them.  They are also Your body!  They are also our brothers and sisters in Christ, and when one strays the shepherd will leave the flock for them.  Give them strength to go against the trends of the day and instead be an example of godliness to their generation.

Father, You are our Father.  All of us together make up the body of Christ.  If one falls, let us not look the other way but be as the good Samaritan and show love and compassion.  Help us to lift each other up in prayer for wisdom, for revelation, and for protection from the enemy.  Remind us who we are in the body of Christ, that if one member suffers we all suffer, and if one member is honored, all the members rejoice in unison!  Thank you for our youth, the promise of today!

I love You desperately, Lord, my heart aches for You!  I am your servant in the blessed name of Jesus!  Amen

“But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.”  1 Corinthians 12:24-26 NKJV

“But those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31 NKJV

“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”  1 Timothy 4:12 NKJV

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