The Release of The SPIRIT
Youth and Young Adults
Paul once wrote to the rather young man Timothy: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young” (1 Timothy 4:12). We must never underestimate the spiritual potential of the young people in our lives and in our churches.
Like many young people today, Timothy had some strikes against him. He had a complicated family background (Acts 16:1), he struggled with personal health issues (1 Timothy 5:23), he lived with high stress levels in his life (1:3, 4), and he tended to lack confidence (2 Timothy 1:6, 7).
Yet Paul assured Timothy that God did not give him a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). Power is God’s great energizer, love is God’s great motivator, and self-discipline is God’s great stabilizer. What a wonderful way to pray for the young people in our lives and churches!
By faith can you see a generation of young people the Lord would want to put His Spirit upon? Pray that He will raise up a consecrated generation that is energized with His power, motivated by His love, and stabilized with self-discipline in a self-indulgent world. Such a Spirit-anointed generation of young believers could change the world.
Pray the Scriptures:
2 Chronicles 34:1–5
2 Timothy 1:6–8
Pray for two or three young people in your life or in your church. Ask for God’s power, love, and self-discipline to take over those young people’s hearts, minds, and spirits. Pray also for the Lord to raise up godly parents, mentors, and teachers for our young people.
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. (2 Timothy 1:6)”