Thank you so much for participating in our 40 Days of Prayer for Youth. We know God’s presence was moving in our conference and in the lives of our youth. Thank you for your time and dedication to the youth of our communities.
Day 40, June 6.
(This prayer will be read during the Youth Commissioning at Opening Worship of CTC 2010 Annual Conference at 7pm at FUMC Fort Worth. Please join us there if you are able!)
Leader: Get the word out. Teach all these things.
All: Awesome God, we give You thanks! We thank You for the grace and the guidance that you have poured out for us over the past 40 days. We thank you for allowing the word to get out! We thank you for allowing the youth of the Central Texas Conference to grow in connection as we have taught and prayed about our ministries!
Leader: And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.
All: God, we pray this night as youth, youth workers, youth volunteers, and youth supporters of the Central Texas Conference. We ask for strength as we live, so that we might worship and witness You through our word, our demeanor, our love, our faith, and our integrity.
Leader: Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching.
All: Lord we ask that you allow the experience of constant prayer over the last 40 days to stay with us. Allow us to not grow tired as we continue to grow as individuals and as a connected Church. Lord, we know continued growth can only happen if we continue to be in prayer, continue reading Scripture, and continue to teach and be there for our brothers and sisters.
Leader: And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed-keep that dusted off and in use.
Adults: Lord, tonight as we prepare to lay hands on the youth of the Central Texas Conference who are going to be engaging in missions this summer, allow your spirit to fill this place, so that they might feel comfort and empowerment as they go out this summer Loving their Neighbors and Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.
Youth: Lord, open our hearts and minds tonight as we feel your presence through the laying on of hands. And prepare us as we go out this summer Loving our Neighbors and Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.
(adapted from 1Timothy 4:11-14 as written in The Message)
Day 39, June 5.
I pray for the youth of my community. I pray that they see hope and life outside of their high school, outside of what their friends are up to, outside of what their parents demand. I pray that they will be inspired by you to make a difference in the world, and in turn in their lives. I ask for strength, guidance, humility, peace and courage to make the right choices – to stand strong in their beliefs and to live for you.
Day 38, June 4.
We give you thanks for the new generations. For those who lead, for those who follow, all who love and serve you. We lift them up to your hands and ask that you hold them close to you. We pray for guidance and perseverance for them as they seek you. We pray for their lives and for those they meet daily: make your presence known and your love obvious among them. We pray for their decisions and their challenges: send your Spirit to guide them on level paths and carry them through whatever they meet on their journey. We pray for their service: may they continue to learn and experience how to love you more, by loving one another, by serving and practicing justice, kindness, mercy, and hospitality, and by knowing firsthand your gracious love. We pray for opportunities to care for, love, teach, and serve the youth in our churches and communities. We also pray for opportunities to be cared for, loved by, learn from and serve with these same youth. Teach us as you teach them, show us how to encourage and bless one another. Lord, enable them and us to be your good news to those in need in your world. Teach us to share and to accept, to give of ourselves, and to receive the gifts of others. We pray these things with the confidence of children of God, knowing that you hear and respond to our heart’s yearnings.
In Christ’s name, Amen.
Day 37, June 3.
I thank you for the many blessings that you have placed in our lives and for each and every day you’ve given us. I thank you for our bright young leaders of tomorrow and I ask that you continue to guide those students of leadership, that they may continue to lead their peers in ways to better serve you, Lord. I pray for healing hands and that you may show your love to those who are hurting, to those who are seeking, to those who are learning, and to those who have suffered. May they begin to know your love for them, Lord and may they continue to know your love. I pray for continued guidance for our young people, and I pray that they never give up when life becomes difficult, but that they look to you for answers. Again I thank you for the beatiful youth of this world, for I know you have such great plans for each and every one of them to be incredible.
It’s in your awesome name I pray,
Day 36, June 2.
We give you praise for creating us in your image…that includes the time of life many call youth. Lord, forgive us when we don’t consider this time of life one that is still part of Your creation and Your design!
Lord, we pray that You will give us the clarity and confidence You desire, similar to Paul’s challenge in 1 Timothy 4:12: Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. (NIV)
Open our hearts, Lord, to hear Your voice as we navigate this thing called ‘youth’.
Day 35, June 1.
I ask that you fill our hearts with love. Help us to remember to love one another at all times. Help us to speak up for those that are hurting, victims, or lonely. Please give us courage to do the right thing for you. Help us to remember to treat others as we would like to be treated and to love each person for their differences, knowing that you made us each different for your glory. Encourage us to use our unique gifts and be proud to be your child.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:12-13