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Praying for Our Youth: 10 Areas You Should Focus On

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Praying for our youth is more important than ever. The Lord continues to do amazing things in teenagers’ lives, and I’m confident it’s the result of prayer. I’m also confident the youth of today will have an amazing impact on our world and will pursue God with a greater zeal and passion than previous generations. That’s why I invest more time than ever in praying for our youth.

10 Key Areas for Praying for Our Youth

1. Purpose

Because God has a plan and purpose for every young person, I pray this over teenagers often. I ask God to, no matter each person’s circumstances, give them passion and a deep-seated purpose for living. (Jeremiah 29:11; Psalm 139:13-16; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Jeremiah 1:5; John 14:13; Romans 8:28-29)

2. Friendships

More than any other topic, I spend time talking about the friendships young people develop. That’s because I know the truth that you are (and become) who you hang out with. When praying for our youth, it’s vital to ask God to give kids wisdom in choosing their friends and to bring people into their lives who will point them to Christ. I also pray that God will use students to encourage and build up each other like never before. (1 Corinthians 15:33; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; 1 Samuel 16:7)

3. Character

Kids today are bombarded with every temptation known to man, and the enemy is seeking to destroy their character. I pray that today’s youth may experience an ongoing transformation by having their minds renewed and that they’ll be examples to the world in their speech, lives, love, faith and purity. I also ask for more great Christ-like role models for our students, particularly among their own peers. (1 Timothy 4:12; Romans 12:1-2; Psalm 24:4)

4. Purity

When praying for our youth, let’s ask God to give them more of a hunger for righteousness than a sexual appetite. Let’s also ask him to help kids see through the enemy’s lies. Ask God to strengthen them and give them the drive to flee sexual immorality and help them reserve the gift of sex for marriage. (John 8:32; 1 Peter 1:5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 6:18; 1 John 4:4; James 1:12-14)

5. Passion

May God grant today’s youth an anointing of power by the Holy Spirit to be the greatest witnesses for Jesus we’ve ever known. I also pray that their zeal for obedience will supersede any other human desire they have. (Acts 1:8; Luke 4:18-19; 1 Peter 3:15; Matthew 28:19-20; Galatians 5:24)

6. Money

Because the love of money is a root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10), I pray that God will give spiritual eyes to today’s teens and help them view money as a great resource for Kingdom purposes. May God grant them contentment in plenty or when poor because of their richness in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19; Matthew 6:24; Ecclesiastes 5:10; Hebrews 13:5)

7. Submission and Honor

As I’m praying for our youth, I pray that this generation will submit to Christ and to people in authority over them. May God give them grace to love, respect and honor their parents, teachers, spiritual leaders and governing officials. (Ephesians 6:2-3; Hebrews 13:17; Mark 12:17)

8. Spiritual Growth

I pray that God nurtures the soil of young people’s hearts and grants them a greater sensitivity to their spirit so they may grow in the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ. I also pray for more passionate workers for the harvest of youth ministry. (Luke 2:52; Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 3:16)

9. Discernment

I ask God to give teenagers the knowledge of the truth of God and spiritual eyes to see so the enemy won’t be able to deceive them. I pray they also can discern between the teachings of the Living God and those of false gods or prophets. (1 Timothy 3:9; 2 Corinthians 2:11; John 17:17; Ephesians 6:14)

10. Hope

May God help today’s teenagers take every thought captive for Christ. As we’re praying for our youth, let’s ask God to fill every young person with the hope of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and to protect their minds and hearts from hopelessness. May God also help them cling to Christ during discouragement and soak up his strength so they can then offer this same hope to others. (Galatians 6:9; Ephesians 6:13; Philippians 4:8; 2 Timothy 2:13; Hebrews 10:23; 1 Peter 5:8-9) Join me in praying for our youth—and please share this with your ministry leaders!

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Terrace Crawford, a popular speaker and writer, is a channel editor here at churchleaders.com. Terrace has been a mentor to students and youth workers for more than 15 years and connects with people everyday through his blog, www.terracecrawford.com and through twitter (@terracecrawford). He lives outside of Virginia Beach, VA.