I visited a website where a network of young people were posting prayer support for things such as their struggle for purity, a divorce at home, their youth group’s mission trip, car trouble, how to spend their money wisely, and overcoming spiritual dehydration just to name a few. We must realize that our teenagers live in a world broader that what we realize, and are going through an array of different emotions, changes, and situations that are extremely serious to them.
On the other hand, the life issues of teenagers are more similar to adults than one might think. The prayer concerns listed above could have just as easily come from a 45-year-old as they could a 16-year-old. Read them again and see. Life isn’t easy, and the issues we face are more similar than you might think. Do you agree that when we become open and humble in prayer with a trusted friend we will experience more effective prayers?
A church family of prayer and support is commanded, helpful, and necessary! Let us continue fostering a community where compassion and prayer thrive.
Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. (James 5:13-16)
Together in Christ,