Sometimes I sit back in my chair and look at the pictures of my kids that stand in the corner of my desk. I have some really great kids, if I don’t so say myself. They are beautiful and smart and I consider it an honor to play just a small part in the life that Jesus has laid out for them.
I keep those pictures on my desk not only as a symbol of my pride but as a reminder to pray for them. Because life gets busy and if you’re like me, you need a good reminder every once in a while.
“To be a Christian without prayer,” Martin Luther once wrote, “is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
We serve a big God. And prayer is a great way of feeling connected to Him. In fact, when we don’t pray, we feel disconnected. As if, like Martin Luther wrote, our oxygen is cut off.
Let’s change that.
Here are seven ways we can pray for our children. I encourage you to take a few minutes to read the scripture and prayer for your kids in these areas:
1. Pray they would be saved
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. – 2 Peter 3:9
2. Pray they will run from the sin that holds them down
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. - Hebrews 12:1-2
3. Pray their satisfaction would be found only in God
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. – Psalm 16:11
4. Pray they would be kept in peace
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! - Isaiah 26:3
5. Pray they find courage
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9
6. Pray they love the church
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. – John 13:34-35
7. Pray they have a heart of love
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love. - 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Mother Teresa wrote that “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
As we run full steam ahead this Christmas season, let’s make sure that our first priority is fitting in prayer to a God that, not only loves us and cares for us, but wants nothing more than to talk with us through prayer.
The middle school years are completely unique compared to all others. This is the time where some of the most pivotal decisions are made that truly set up the future of our students. It's also the time when students are influenced more than any other time in their lives, as they search to figure out who they are and who Jesus is to them. That is why, here at Timberlake Student Ministries, we value and are passionate about the mission of discipling young teens in a fun and safe environment.
This past weekend, we held our annual fall kick-off event, Escape, and it was unforgettable. Not only for the students but for our leaders as well.
A total of 169 students, alongside 23 adult leaders, packed into 3 buses and journeyed to Family Fun Center for a few hours of fun. Then we drove to Arena Sports, which was packed with inflatables, photo booths, a mechanical bull, and more! After everyone was hyped up on pizza and soda, we ventured back to Timberlake Church for a service and a relevant, practical message. It’s there where God encountered many students, even some for the very first time!
While scanning the crowd during worship, I could see young people interacting with God and pursuing him like I had never seen them before. It’s true, when you call out for God he answers. And our students get it.
That’s the reason behind what we do here at Timberlake and why we have events like Escape. To usher students into encountering the one and only Jesus Christ. We will work tirelessly and endlessly to help students take action and ignite the next right step in their relationship with Jesus.
I believe we are ministering and discipling a group of "game changers” who will forever change this community, not by their own strength but the strength of the one who empowers them: Jesus Christ.
When Jesus is speaking with his disciples after his resurrection he gives them simple instructions: love God more than anything, love people more than yourself, and serve relentlessly. It’s these principles that we seek to instill in our students at every service, every small group, and every special event.
Jesus is on the move in Timberlake Student Ministries and we invite you to come and take a look at the life change that is happening all around us.
Middle School Pastor