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Discover a prayer movement that’s strengthening churchesand childreneverywhere.

“Will you pray for me?” 

It’s such a simple request, but so often we don’t take it seriously enough. Imagine what could happen if the entire church answered “yes” to that question for the next generation.

I was young when I accepted Jesus as my Savior, and I remember walking into church those first few weeks after becoming a Christian. Adults repeatedly expressed their happiness, saying they’d been praying for me. As a newbie follower of Jesus coming from a non-Christian home, I didn’t fully understand what they were saying to me.

Now when I reflect on those early days, several other clear memories come to mind. First, I was shocked that these people had me on their radar at all. After all, I was essentially a stranger to them. I was also surprised that they’d really take the time to pray for me. I recall that surprise being quickly swallowed up by a strong sense of love and care from the adults. Their willingness to pray for me and their expressions of care and concern transformed the trajectory of my life.

Prayer Changes Lives

Do you ever think about whether the kids in your church will still be following Jesus five years from now? How about 10? Some research indicates young people are steadily migrating away from God and the church. A study conducted by Sticky Faith shows that 40 to 50 percent of kids from healthy youth groups and families will drift away from God and the church after high school.

These statistics seem overwhelming. But there’s good news, too. A recurring theme in research indicates that young people who do stay connected to church and flourish in their faith after high school have had multiple Christian adults intentionally investing in their lives. That means it’s up to us to be brave and ask ourselves, “What is my role in God’s plan for the next generation?”

We can find part of that answer in Psalm 145:4: “Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.” God compels his followers, as a collective and as individuals, to declare his greatness to the next generation. There are plenty of adults who care deeply about sharing their faith, and today’s young people need them. The question is this: How do we connect more Christian adults with more young people more naturally than ever before?

That’s what we’re doing with the Pray for Me Campaign. [end of article preview]

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 Tony Souder is the founder of The Pray for Me Campaign.

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  1. Solomon Kangar on

    My school has a children ministry that is requesting for training. The Sunday School enrollment is 55, age range from 5 to 12. The church is requesting for international partners for training for children to grow in the spiritual work of God.

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