Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Week Forty-Six - Young Lives Matter

Beside the Well

            My prayer list contains the names of several young adults who are forging their way through their 20’s and 30’s.  The challenges of finding a good job, getting a viable career or a trade, finding that soul-mate, and living a life pleasing to the Lord, are only a few of the struggles they face.
            The enemy always seems to be on their shoulder casting doubt and trying to lure them away with promises of an easier path with quicker results.  They need our prayers and encouragement.
            As I was praying for them, I thought of another 20 something couple who were also carving out a life.  Their path included several small children, college, financial struggles, church internship, and preparation for their life’s call.
            The enemy was there then, too, whispering words like, “Why? Who really cares?  You’ll never make it.  It’s all too hard and you are poor.”
            But, someone must have been praying for them.  Some older person was watching from afar with life experience and knowledge that had taught them to pray.  They knew the path all too well, but they also knew the Saviour.  He would direct that young couple, protect them, provide for them, and help them to endure in order to reach their goal of service.
            And, He did.  Now, it is my turn to pray for those behind me.  Those who are facing their futures with hopes, dreams, fears, and failures; to pray God’s grace, provision, and direction into their lives.
            What a great privilege.  What an awesome responsibility.

Psalm 78:5-7  “That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.”

I Samuel 12:23  “Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you.”

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