“Who has done such mighty deeds, summoning each new generation from the beginning of time? It is I, the LORD, the First and the Last. I alone am he.” Isaiah 41:4 NLT
Do you ever listen to the news and worry for the next generation? I have.
Headlines tell of the diminishing morals and the acceptance of the unthinkable. A friend expressed concern over her daughter bringing a grandchild into this world and I understood what she was feeling.
Thankfully these fears of mine are being quieted by a rising tide I’m beginning to see.
HOPE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
Our church youth group in little Leamington has grown to over 100 members. Last Sunday we attended one of the five services my daughter’s church, Grace City in Lakeland, FL run and felt so old as the place was full of young adults worshipping with hands raised. Shelby then went to her friend’s church in Orlando where they have 1500 teenagers coming to youth each week. God is summoning the next generation and they’re answering His call!
Isaiah brings encouragement as he reminds the people that God has planned, from the beginning of time, to reach each new generation. Peter confirmed this truth when he preached on the day of Pentecost as the Holy Spirit was being poured out on the people of his time. Peter encouraged everyone there to receive salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit, telling the people how, “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.”1 Scripture after scripture encourages us that God desires to reach each new generation.
Instead of grumbling and complaining about these kids, let’s band together and pray for them. We’ll be praying in agreement with God’s will for the next generation and that will produce a great harvest of souls.
PRAYER FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
Father…Burden my heart for the next generation. As I see the culture moving away from You, help me focus my eyes on the tide rising of young people who want to serve You. Summon this next generation and let their hearts be turned to you. Cause revival to break out in the high schools, Colleges and Universities; as a spirit of repentance draws Your children back to You, and may we as adults give them an example to follow. In Jesus Name…Amen
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