Deacon Arlene Burton presents “The Voice of The Youths – 28 November 2021”. Deacon Burton owns the copyright to this post. We reprint here with her permission.
Hi Everyone! God’s blessings and favour upon you. May He cover, guide, guard and direct your path as you take life’s journey; and, may you never doubt that He loves you. We are hoping that you are well. However, if not,by sending us your .
Today’s encouragement and prayer were done by Gabrielle Channer. Gabrielle is the president of the Grace Youth Ministry and is extremely active in this regard. She is also a medical student, which carries a great amount of pressure. However, she has been resilient. We ask for your continued prayers for our youths and children as they try to understand themselves, just life in general, and develop their gifts and abilities. Please read, meditate and be blessed.
The Importance of Prayer
An important part of any relationship is communication and the relationship we have with God is no different. As we come to the end of November there are many takeaways from this month that we should remember. This came from things mentioned from the pulpit at Church and on Wednesday night Bible studies. However, one major thing I will take away from this month is the importance of prayer. In preparation for our prayer tent outreach on November 20 and 21, we had 3 days of fasting and prayer.
Now, prayer to me is a constant thing. I believe that a genuine sentence whispered, even in the middle of doing something else, can be counted as a prayer. So having to do an official fasting and prayer is something a bit out of the norm. During those three days, I shifted my regular “moa” to one of more purposeful bouts of prayer instead. It felt a bit odd at first. I thought eventually I would run out of things to pray about. However, with each new prayer came more ideas and more scriptures to back it up.
Once the three days had passed, I realized that I felt so refreshed. I couldn’t believe this is what I was missing all along! I realized that for a while I had just been telling God hi and bye and not actually stopping to have a two-way conversation with Him during my days.
The Bible did tell us of people like Esther who fasted and prayed for three days and this led to an entire nation being saved from annihilation as accounted for in the book of Esther.
The Bible provides us with reminders that we should “Rejoice always, pray continually.” ( 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-17, NIV). “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12, NIV). My encouragement to you all today is to remember to have some intentional time with God. Hail up yuh Fren! Big up di King! Speak to your Creator!
Let us pray:
Dear Lord, we acknowledge Your sovereignty in our lives. You are the most high God who acts as our friend, our brother, our provider, our comforter, our protector- whatever we need. We thank You for Your undeserved love to us. The love You’ve gone through great lengths, time and time again to show.
As we approach Your throne, we come in the name of Jesus. We ask that You forgive us for our sins and cleanse our hearts so that what we do is in alignment with Your will. We ask that You let 1 Timothy 4:12 reign true in our lives. That we act as examples to each other in speech, conduct, faith, love and purity.
Lord, we pray that in our everyday environment we are salt and light and that we are unafraid to stand up for You even if it means standing alone; that we are the instruments of change where needed and that we offer guidance to those younger than us, not just in chronological age but in spiritual age as well. So we thank You for the blessing of youth, that we can use our strength for Your glory. We also thank You for the outpouring of the spiritually mature who share their wisdom.
Lord, we ask for Your mercy and guidance for those who lead us in families, communities, businesses, churches and government. We also pray for those people who are not well and those who have suffered losses of all kinds.
So thank You for taking us through this youth-led month. I pray that someone has drawn closer to You through the various events that have taken place. All things for Your glory, in Your name we pray.
Our Prayers of Encouragement are for everyone. Therefore, if you also need prayer or comfort, please contact us with your request. We would be happy to share with you.