President's Blog: Prayer and Youth Quake
With just a few days to Youth Quake a lot of staff and volunteers are pulling together a number of last minute details. Thank you to everyone for the extra work, effort, creative energy, and passion you have brought to this ministry event. Whether we have an assigned role or not, the one thing we all need to be doing in these days is pray. Take a look at two passages:
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person (Colossians 4:2-5, ESV).
As it relates go prayer, Paul tells us to (1) pray continuously, (2) pray for fellow workers, (3) pray for opportunities to share the gospel, and (4) pray that we would share the gospel with absolute clarity. Clarity is no small thing as we can easily confuse or misrepresent the truth. In Acts 26, Paul models one more aspect of the heart for the world.
And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.” And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains” (Acts 26:24-29, ESV).
Paul longs for specific individuals to come to personal repentance and trust in the Messiah (in this case, Agrippa and all who were present). As we get ready for Youth Quake let’s be in continuous prayer – praying for the hundreds of guest who will be on campus as well as for our own community – that the gospel would be presented with clarity and that many would bow the knee in faith. Youth Quake provides an incredible opportunity for individuals to make things right with God. Let’s steward this opportunity well.
Partnering together in prayer,