THEME: THE WORD OF GOD
“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.”
-The word of God offers counsel to everyone, both the young and the old, men and women, rich and the poor, believers and non believers, Jews and Gentiles. The scripture clearly addresses the youth who are often times faced by many snares, carnal lusts and sensual pleasures. It is a stage of life where peer pressure is at its peak and a majority fall prey to sin. Prominent snares boarder around experimental sins that are sexual in nature, alcoholism and drug abuse, greed for money, rebellion and disobedience to parents and other authorities. Most of the youth suffer from poor knowledge and experience, and burning passions. Therefore, to make pure their course of life, they are called to stand on the word of God. The book of Psalms begins by offering direction saying that, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” The ways of the sinners sets one to the path of doom but the word of God brings forth success. Luke 11:28 reminds us that, “..blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Most often people hear the word of God and do not keep it. We are called to hear God’s word and keep it so that we may be established in Him and abound in His blessings and grace.
Almighty and Everlasting Father we come before You today thanking You for this far that You brought us and the far that You are taking us. You have taken care of us since the time we were born until now, we have seen Your mercy and love. Thank You Father for the good plans You have for our lives, families, youth and nation. Only You are God, only You are worthy to be worshipped and praised. Only You are Holy, only You are the King of kings and Lord of lords. We worship You Jesus and exult Your holy name. We submit all the youth under Your loving hands. All the youth belong to You Jesus. All the youth who have recently closed school, teach them Your ways. All the youth who are still in school, shepherd them in Your counsel. Those who are undertaking their exams, grant them success. All the youth who have been rejected by their parents and relatives, and wander in the streets, grant them Your favor and grace Jesus. All the orphans, have mercy on them. All the youth who are lost in sexual immorality, alcoholism and drug abuse, stealing, lying, disobedience to parents and many other sinful ways, forgive them their sins and return them to Yourself Jesus Christ. Forgive us all merciful Father. Teach them how to fear You Jesus, teach them how to love You and one another, teach them Your laws and establish them in Your word. Grant all of them the gift of salvation merciful Father. Open new opportunities for them to succeed in their purposes. Grant them Your grace dear Master. All glory and honor belongs to You Jesus, now and forever. Amen
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