Prayers of the Youth
For this week’s Pastor’s Corner I want to share something that our Assistant Youth Director Melanie Reynders and her team of youth leaders did last Friday. This year the youth group has been going through the book of Luke and they came to chapter 12. In verses 22-34 Jesus talks about worry. Melanie writes this:
"I didn't just want to preach at them about how to not be worried and what the Bible says about not being worried, but I wanted them to put it into practice.
In Luke, Jesus teaches us to not worry about our lives, what we will eat; or about our bodies, what we will wear for God knows our needs and will provide for us as we seek his kingdom. So how do we get rid of our worries? We seek God's kingdom.
During our night we set up prayer stations for six areas that we can be worried about - school, relationships, extra curriculars, health, family, and future - and we prayed through each of these worries in our lives. Leaders were also available to provide guidance and a different perspective on an area of worry. Then we broke out into our tribes (small groups), to build each other up in a community of believers.
These are small steps we take in seeking God's kingdom, but steps we often need to take as we continuously get wrapped up in thoughts of worry. I pray that our youth group (and our church) will continue to be a community of encouragement, where God can speak wisdom through us to each other in times of worry and we can continue to spur each other on as we each focus our attention on God and His kingdom."
In addition to this creative prayer night, this last Wednesday our youth group led the church through an Ash Wednesday service marking the beginning of the Lent season leading up to Easter. As we seek to become a church with intergenerational leadership, it is exciting to see the youth leading more and more in prayer.
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