I love You. From the bottom of my heart. I can’t express how thankful I am for just the chance to know You. Who am I, Father, that I should be allowed into Your holy presence? Who am I, God, that I should be granted the honor of sitting at Your table? Who am I that You should even know my name? More so, who am I that I should receive the priceless gift of Salvation? Who am I that I should benefit from the cross You suffered – the cross You suffered for me? My cross. Thank You Lord Jesus, for carrying my cross, my shame, my guilt. Thank You Heavenly Father, for sending Your spotless, perfect Son to die in my place. My words will never be enough to thank You for saving me. I give You all glory and honor for the magnificent, transforming work you have done in my life. Where would I be without You, oh Lord?
I shudder to think about it. Without You I would be lost. I would be broken. I would be filled with regret, shame, and guilt. That’s what I deserve, after all. I deserve death, poverty, and destruction. I deserve shame. I deserve to spend eternity in hell. But because of You, I have freedom from my sin and victory over death. When I think about the marvelous way you wooed me back to Yourself, I am overcome with emotion. Sheer thankfulness for the way You rescued me. Sorrow for the countless times I shoved You away. Awe at Your persistence in pursuing me despite the constant rejection. Joy at having finally found the One whom my soul loves. We both know where I would be if You hadn’t completely interrupted my life the way You did. I would be far from You, far from my family, probably jobless, broke, and lonely. Maybe even dead. I would be so lost in sin and the pleasures of this world. I know this is where I would be because this is where I was before I met You.
Thank You for saving me.
As I think about all my little loved ones who are graduating and starting college or entering the workforce, I am honestly scared for them. God, I remember being their age and thinking I knew everything. I remember how naive I was, how foolish, even. And while I don’t believe any of these practically-siblings of mine are fools, I do know how easily this world can pull us away from You. I know how enticing this world is, how seductive. I know how compromise after compromise turns into habitual routine. I know because I lived that life… if that even counts as “living.” But it’s not just those who are graduating that my heart is burdened for.
Father, I commit this young generation to You. Each individual. Every single one. Myself included. And I ask that You would make us a generation that is zealous for You! I ask that You would break down the walls between us and embolden us for Your glory and honor. God, transform us, change us, strip us of ourselves and make us like You. Help us to think like You, work like You, talk like You, walk like You, love like You. Help us to be like You in every way. Father, we cannot do this on our own. We need Your strength, Your transforming power to rip us from the world and the world from us. Sever the cords of death that entangle us, pulling us down into the hellish depths of this world.
Often, we feel weak. We are weak, Lord. But You are strong! And we find comfort, joy, and confidence in Your promise in 2 Corinthians 12:9. Thank You that we are able to experience Your power the most when we are weak. Thank You that You don’t see our weaknesses as a deterrent in loving us, but rather, that You use our weaknesses to draw us nearer to You. What a loving God You are!
Father, give us strength to face this world. You know how tempting this place is. You know how easily we are distracted from the things above. You know how enticing this world can be. And so I ask that You would fill us with Your strength, Your power to resist the pleasures of this world. May Your Spirit prick our consciences before we make a move in the wrong direction. Father, give us obedient hearts to follow Your commands and to heed the whispers of Your Spirit. Give us wisdom, Lord. Wisdom to walk along the path You have lit up before us. Wisdom to seek Your heart, Your perfect will. Wisdom to know and follow through with whatever is the most God-honoring, God-glorifying thing to do in any situation. Father, keep us from being seduced by this world. Let us not give ear to faulty human reasoning, logic, or philosophy. Guard our minds, Lord. I ask that You would be the gatekeeper of our minds and hearts. May the things that enter these sacred places be only things that You allow. Protect our hearts and our minds, Lord. Help us to keep our hearts with all vigilance (Proverbs 4:23).
Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world. Help us to speak Life. Help us to speak Truth. Keep all unwholesome and meaningless talk from us. May our conversations be fruitful and purposed for the glory of Your name. Equip us to share the Good News of Your love and salvation.
Father, I believe more than anything, that we are a generation that desires to serve You. But often we feel less than enough, less than able, less than worthy. We don’t feel knowledgeable enough about Your Word, we don’t feel we are “good enough” at “being Christian” to tell others about You. Father, I know it’s wrong of us to think in this way. I know it’s not about what we think we can do, but about what we know You can do! So please strip this faulty thinking from us. Help us to remember that You will always equip us when our hearts are genuinely desirous of serving You. Lord, my prayer for this generation is Hebrews 13:21 – Father, equip us with everything good that we may do Your will, working in us that which is pleasing in Your sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. When insecurities deter us from proclaiming Your name, remind us of the promise of Ephesians 1:3; remind us that You have blessed us in Christ with EVERY spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. With each new day, Lord, make our hearts to understand Your purpose for us more and more – that we were put here for the defense of the Gospel, as Paul states in Philippians 1:16. Father, keep us alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, that words may be given to us in opening our mouths boldly to proclaim the mystery of the Gospel, for which we are ambassadors in chains, that we may declare it boldly, as we ought to speak (Ephesians 6:18-20).
Father, help us to live out 1 Timothy 4:7-8. You’re our Personal Trainer, God! Train us for godliness! Coach us as we face the hurdles of this life. Strengthen us: mentally, physically, emotionally, but most of all, spiritually. Push us to our limits, God! I know, I know – I can’t believe I’m actually asking that either. But I know firsthand that when we are pushed to the limit is when we are most dependent on You. Those growing pains…well, they grow us. And that is what I desire for our generation, Lord. Growth. In You. For You. And as You make that hope for growth a reality over time, Father, I ask that You would remind us of 1 Timothy 4:12. Help our generation to be an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity. Help us, Lord. Because we cannot do it ourselves. We need Your strength, Your power, Your guidance. And when we fall, when we fail, remind us of the promise of Philippians 1:6 – remind us that You began a good work in us and that You will bring it to completion.
God, I pray for healing for our generation, too. You know each broken heart, each broken body, each broken soul. You know the betrayal we have felt, the sorrow of our hearts, the pain deep within our bones. And I thank You that You are a God who knows, who cares, who heals. I thank You that You care to know. I thank You for not seeing our pain as trivial. Thank You for holding us, carrying us, loving us. I praise You, God. For there is none like You! I am confident in the promise of Psalm 147:3 – You heal the brokenhearted, You bind up our wounds. I am confident because I have experienced Your healing, because I have watched as You healed my heart and the hearts of the ones I love. And if You can heal us, then surely You can and will heal others.
Lord, we don’t know what the future holds. We don’t know if we will even be granted tomorrow. But we do know that our time on this earth is precious and purposed for Your glory. So help us to live out Psalm 90:12 – Lord, teach us to number our days, that we might gain a heart of wisdom. With every breath, may we live for You. Humble us, Lord. And help us to lay our lives down on the altar of sacrifice before You. May our lives be a sweet aroma to You, God.
Father, we are a forgetful people. Generation after generation, you become the “forgotten God.” But make us different, Lord. Fasten our hearts to You. Tether our hearts to Yours. May we never wander away from You, Lord. But if we do – if we ever mindlessly wander away, if we ever choose to take the world for a test drive – yank our hearts back to You. Whatever it takes, Lord. Do whatever it takes. Because I know that nothing in this world can satisfy like You. I know this to be true, but sometimes I forget. Sometimes I find myself wondering if the grass is greener on the other side. In these moments pull me back to You, Lord. Me and others like me.
Lord, help us to shake the world with Your love! Just as You interrupted my life at just the right moment, I pray that You would use us to interrupt the lives of others who long to be longed for. What a marvelous and beautiful thing that is! That You long for us, desire us, pursue us. Father, use us to pursue others for Your Kingdom. Use us to make them see and feel Your relentless love for them.
Father, I ask that You would give us the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of our hearts enlightened, that we might know what is the hope to which You have called us, what are the riches of Your glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of Your power toward us who believe, according to the working of Your great might (Ephesians 1:17-19).
I bow my knees before You, Father, that according to the riches of Your glory, You might grant us to be strengthened with power through Your Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith—that we, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know Your love that surpasses knowledge, that we may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:14-19).
It is my prayer, Lord, that our love would abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that we may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God (Philippians 1:9-11).
Father, fill us with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that we might walk in a manner worthy of You, fully pleasing to You, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of who You are. Lord, strengthen us with all power, according to Your glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, as we give thanks to You for having qualified us to share in Your inheritance (Colossians 1:9-12).
Father, my prayer for this generation is simple: Give us courage, give us wisdom, give us strength in Your name. Guide our paths, bolster our faith, keep us hungry for You. Equip us for the tasks ahead, use us for Your glory. Strip us of our selfishness, pride, and arrogance. Rip away our desire for the world. Refresh our spirits with Your Truth. Train us for godliness, give us endurance for this race. Remove every negative thought, insecurity, false teaching, scientific reasoning, human philosophy, and lie from the devil. Clear the throne of our hearts of whatever idols we’ve given reign so that You can take Your rightful place in our lives. Keep our eyes fixed on You and You alone. Let not our eyes wander to the left or to the right; let not our feet stumble waywardly along the path of folly.
Lord, punch us in the face to get our attention if You have to. Break us if that’s what You require. As long as our hearts learn to beat in sync with Yours, nothing else matters. Not the pain we’ve felt, not the hardship we’ve endured, not the brokenness required to get us there. Nothing else matters but You, Lord. Make our hearts to understand this Truth. And never let us forget it.
Lord, I don’t know if anyone will read this ridiculously long prayer-post. And I don’t know if anyone will pray these words with me. But I ask Lord, I beg You, Father – revive us. Make us a Jesus-Generation. A generation on fire for You. A generation set on making You famous! A generation that is different. Different in the way we speak, in the way we walk, in the way we serve, in the way we love. Make us a generation that walks in the way of Your laws. Make us a generation that waits for You. Make us a generation whose desire is for Your name and Your renown (Isaiah 26:8).
Lord, I ask all these things in Your precious name. And I rejoice in the confidence I have in You – that You hear me, that You know me, that You love me. I give You all glory and praise.
With all my love,