This is the final article in the series “Raising GenNext.” You can read the previous post by clicking here.
Yesterday, we looked at why prayer is so critical in the effort to raise GenNext. Remember, GenNext is not just children; GenNext also includes new converts and current Christians. Like Jesus, we long for the growth of those who will follow in our footsteps. The effort to train “replacements” begins today, for today is all we have. As with any endeavor for the Lord, we need to be praying throughout the process.
What specific requests should be included in our prayers?
Prayers for GenNext
Thank you, Lord, for blessing me with the gift of salvation and the opportunity to be part of the Church.
Open my eyes to recognize those who need a friend and mentor.
Help me to build appropriate relationships that will demonstrate the love of Jesus.
Guide my footsteps daily, granting me wisdom in the choices I make so that my example will encourage the children and Christians within my sphere of influence.
When I am teaching, may I have the wisdom to present topics helpful to those who are learning; bless me with a spirit of humility and love.
As I teach, open my ears to listen carefully to questions and grant me the knowledge to answer clearly and effectively.
Give the leaders in our congregation the wisdom to create opportunities for young people to be involved in the important so they will be invested in the successful growth and edification of the church.
Guard my lips and the lips of those in the church that we may choose our words carefully and encourage one another at the right time and in a way that produces growth not atrophy.
May our children and new converts grow in knowledge and wisdom until Jesus returns or calls them to heaven.
Help the children in our care to grow closer to God and come to know Him.
Bless our New Christians with the strength to stand firm.
May all who serve you remain firmly grounded in the word; may they not get carried away by temptation.
I suggest incorporating these things into your daily prayers. We need God’s guidance and help in every circumstance, especially as we endeavor to be an effective worker in His service. Do not hesitate to write down your prayers and reference them as you pray. If you are like me, I tend to forget these things. Having a list to reference guides my thoughts as I approach the Lord in prayer.
What additional things should we pray for GenNext? Please leave your suggestions in the comments below!
Also, if you would be so kind, please provide some feedback on this series. Is there any additional information/resources that you would have liked to have seen included? Thank you!
This concludes the series “Raising GenNext.” Below is a list of all the posts in the series. I hope these articles help you as you work within your own congregation.