Last night at Collide Youth Group we prayed for revival. There’s no denying God is moving mightily in our youth ministry. Students are being cut to the heart over their sin, coming to faith in Christ at fall retreat and many are taking up the mantle of leadership seeking to bring the gospel to their friends and their school.
As I was praying yesterday morning I was deeply burdened to gather together to pray and seek God for revival. I kept thinking about King Josiah, a teenager, whom God used to birth a revival in the nation of Israel.
The bible tells us Josiah was 16 years old when he started to earnestly seek the Lord and at the age of 20 he started purging Judah and Israel of it’s idols and false gods. His courage and willingness to be set apart for the glory of God brought Israel back to the Lord.
I reminded our teenagers that God wanted to use them to do the very same thing. Yet, I know that without prayer, repentance over personal sin and seeking earnestly after the Lord, revival will be stifled, not because God is unable to do it, but because His people are unwilling to walk in obedience with Him.
God always honors the heart who seeks to glorify Him above their own. He always pours out His power on people who are willing to empty themselves of their own desires to be filled with more of Him. I want to live that kind of life. I want my life to be put on display for the glory of God and the proclamation of the gospel. I want to be like Josiah and have the courage to seek the Lord for revival.
I challenged our youth to stick around after youth group, to seek the Lord for revival in prayer. Many of them stayed and we plan on continuing to seek the Lord, in prayer, for revival over the weeks and months to come after youth group each week. We long to see His kingdom come not just in our youth group in Aledo, IL, but beyond. We want to see revival break out in our community and then our nation. Would you pray with our students for revival? Would you ask God to send and pour out His Spirit on our youth, our community and our nation?
As we humble ourselves before God, He starts to heal, restore and renew. I don’t know about you, but I live a messy life, I struggle with sin, and I desperately need the power and grace of God in my life. Our nation needs His power and grace too. It needs that same spiritual awakening Josiah had the courage to usher in.
Our students are not afraid, they want to be bold witnesses for Jesus. Pray against any attack of the enemy over them. Ask God to give them great victory, in Jesus name.
“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”- Acts 2:17