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Pray for our youth – hey, pray for us all!!!

August 3, 2010

Noticed on a friend’s Facebook profile this week – “10 days to Newday – YYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

With 25 ‘likes’ and a few dozen “Me too’s!”, I thought about what I knew about this person, and I have decided to act.  Let me briefly tell you why, and then I’ll tell you what.

I dislike conference christianity.  I dislike big event christianity.  I dislike youth conference “I got such a buzz, can’t wait till next year”.  Why?  Because it’s the same Jesus at Newday as at your church and your school and your workplace, and it’s just as much His Spirit touching you in the 3,000 strong meeting as wants to be near to you in your small group or your prayer closet.  Too often I see young people come back from Newday and similar events wanting to take the world for Jesus and six weeks later they’re playing on their DS Lite through the whole ‘time of worship’ ( I don’t like that phrase either, its just easy shorthand!) – Or grown ups off to Mobilise or just bought a new worship album (don’t like that phrase either!) who would not appear to be at all interested in engaging in the corporate act of worship in any level other than sing the songs and lift their hands when everyone else does.

So WHAT am I going to do?  I will pray.

I will pray for those attending Newday, that they develop a similar passion for their own local church – that they will post on their Facebook status “6 days until we meet as <insert name of local church> in the wonderful presence of Jesus – YYYYYEEEEAAAAHHH!!!!”, and get thirty-odd ‘likes’ and comments.

I will pray for those who do develop such a passion, that even that passion would mature into that which goes to bed at night, every night, with the deep excitement that tomorrow is another day with Jesus.

The same Jesus they met with in power at Newday.

I think that the apostle Paul could be paraphrased – “the same power that raised Christ from the dead, that led Simon Brading and 5000 others in passionate worship of Jesus, that inspired that awesome message from Stef Liston, that came home with dozens of testimonies of healings from treasure hunting, that was moving around the tent when Adrian Holloway preached the gospel and saw hundreds recommit their lives to God – THAT SAME POWER IS LIVING WITHIN YOU, all the time – on your own, in a small group, in your church meetings, in your homes, at your schools and workplaces – ALL THE TIME.”

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. James permalink
    August 9, 2010 12:28 pm

    So why does this happen every year?

    1. Levels of faith and expectancy are different at a conference – how can this be addressed
    2. There is a different level of gifting at these events too – the preachers, prophets, etc are ‘better’ (surely it’s not unbiblical to recognise this)
    3. The intensity of a week away with meetings every day and time spent with friends surely has a multiplying effect on faith and the response in life afterwards.
    4. The kids… or us… may not find church so relevant/helpful/good as the conferences.

    I suggest point 4 is the one that can change the most, if we seek God and pray for church to really be a place where everyone, young & old, can be excited about meeting God 🙂

    And as for point 1, we need to help people see church as somewhere to have massive faith & expectancy too. Which tends to comes from God, so let’s pray for that too!! We must also encourage each other to expect great things from God in ‘normal’ church life.

  2. August 10, 2010 3:29 am

    re:level of gifting – is this simply because the guys who already get the ‘practise’ in their own churches get rolled out on the national stage? what does this say about the churches’ ability to release more people in their gifting?

    I like your prayer points – they’re mine, too – Jesus, come get your church and get it like you want it!!!

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