How to Pray for Young People
Job 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
A. The Seriousness – …rose up early in the morning…
It was planned; on purpose.
Dad started his day praying for his children. What an example!
B. The Sacrifices – offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all
Praying for our young people will mean making sacrifices.
It’s not something that is done in two minutes.
C. The Specifics – it may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts
Job was concerned about their relationship with God.
He was concerned about their heart condition.
He was concerned about their sin.
D. The Steadfastness – thus did Job continually
Not once every now and then.
Not once a week or once a month.
Job prayed for his children CONTINUALLY!
Here at Calvary Baptist Church, we love our young people.
God let my very first job in the ministry in 1994 be that of a Youth Pastor.
Here at Calvary, we have a Christian school – K3 and up to 12th grade.
My wife and I were technically the “youth pastor” for the last five years.
We are blessed to have Bro. James Leeder and his wife Andrea working with our teens.
We have organized soul-winning with the teens.
We have various teen activities.
We have Youth Conference coming up next week with two great preachers flying in to preach.
Our teens have a lot of great ministry opportunities and places to serve.
Many of our teens are involved in the bus ministry.
They are involved in the music program; sing in the Youth Choir.
They have Pastor Hour each Wednesday afternoon for mentoring and training.
But no matter the amount of time spent with them and on them, there is no substitute for prayer.
Job prayed for his young people CONTINUALLY – and we should too!
Here is what we should be praying about:
I. Pray about the Pitfalls of their Flesh
David prayed for protection against pitfalls all around him.
Psalm 140:4, 5
- 4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
- 5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.
Kids today are dealing with traps and pitfalls that the rest of us never had to contend with.
They are confronted daily by sin and Satan trying to destroy their lives.
Their life is a minefield of endless possibilities to fall into sin.
The enemy is trying to destroy them.
Notice David’s prayer in Psalm 141.
- 1 I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication.
- 2 I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.
- 3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.
- 4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.
Do we care enough about our young people to pray for them; to know what they are going through and be a refuge; a friend; a helper in their time of need?
II. Pray about the Problems in their Family
Job according to verse 1 was perfect, upright, feared God and eschewed evil – yet his kids were not apparently.
No matter how spiritual the parents might be, the kids still need prayer.
When you add in the dynamic of unsaved or unspiritual parents, the need for prayer is even greater!
There’s a lack of leadership in the homes today.
Joshua at the age of 110 was still leading his family.
- Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
The dysfunctional families in our society today are having a huge impact on the next generation.
The abuse; the broken homes; the substance abuse; the unsaved grandparents and extended family.
Kids are growing up today pulled back and forth between saved and unsaved parents.
Weekends at church and weekends with unsaved parents that won’t see that they are in church.
Family members and parents that promote fornication, promiscuity, downplay virtue and purity.
God blessed Abraham with a son because He knew that Abraham would take it seriously.
- Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Parents that let them do whatever they want to; won’t put up boundaries and set standards in the home.
I Samuel 3
- 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.
- 13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.
III. Pray about the Pressure of their Friends
- 10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
- 15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
The young people today deal with extraordinary peer pressure.
The pressure is getting greater, but their ability to stand isn’t.
They need our prayer!
They need us to pray for them to have the character to overcome peer pressure and do right.
IV. Pray about the Prospects of their Future
One of the biggest things we can pray for is that God would use these young people for His glory.
There are not enough role models to inspire and motivate them.
They see so many adults just floundering in life with no purpose and no plan.
It is hard to ask teenagers to do more with their lives than we as adults are willing to do.
Let’s pray and ask God to give them a burden for souls; for the world; for their local church.
The needs are great.
It is biblical to pray for their future.
- Luke 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
Conclusion: It is important that we learn how to pray for our young people. They will be leaders in this church one day. I don’t want to see this church change. I don’t want to see this church fold up and shut its doors. I don’t want to see sin and worldliness take over and run God out. I don’t want to see Ichabod over the door – the glory is departed.