Twice a year scores of teenagers and youth leaders from our region head to youth camp through LifePoint. Winter Camp, which kicks off today and runs through Sunday afternoon, is one of these two big weekends. “Camp Time” is one of the key points in the calendar of our youth ministry, REV. It is a time when the whole youth community comes together, a number of new teenagers who have never set foot in a church get invited and connect for the first time, and without fail dozens of young people come to faith in Jesus. It is a time where the gospel is clearly communicated, the youth culture of our church is strengthened, and new life begins.
As REV embarks on this journey today, I want to ask you to pray with us. A text that has been on my mind this week, and in my prayers for our youth, is 2 Corinthians 4:1-6. As you read this blog, if you are a praying person, I’d ask that you pause for a moment (today and perhaps each day this weekend) and pray these prayers with us.
There are a few groups of people at this camp that need our prayers, not only today, but throughout this weekend.
1) The leaders (pray verses 1 and 2 over them)
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.
But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
- Pray for Pastor Drew, his wife Kristie, and the team of dozens of leaders that they lead.
- Pray for the mercy of God to strengthen them daily.
- Pray that they would be encouraged by the movement of God’s Spirit in the lives of the students.
- Pray they wouldn’t lose heart, as they are ministering to students whose lives are broken.
- Pray for integrity in every aspect of the leadership, that they would stay strong, and that they would speak God’s world boldly, plainly, and in such a way that the teens see the authenticity of it.
- Pray that they would be cognizant of God’s “sight” upon them, and that His view would encourage them, his sovereignty would be a solid foundation they look to, and his care would surround them with hope.
- Pray for Clark, the camp speaker, that he would have clarity, wisdom, strength, and the power of the Holy Spirit working in every aspect of his ministry.
2) Pray for the many teenagers at the camp who do not yet know Jesus. (pray verses 3 and 4)
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing.
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
- Pray that the veil over the gospel would be removed by the power and sovereign hand of God.
- Pray that they would see their sin.
- Pray that they would feel how far they are from wholeness.
- Pray that the weight of “perishing” without Jesus would be a sobering reality.
- Pray that the devices of the enemy would be beaten back by the Spirit of God working through the authentic, transparent, and Christ-centered community of leaders and students.
- Pray that Jesus would come into full view, and that they would see, hear, and be confronted by the grace and truth of the gospel.
- Pray that as all of this happens, they would respond, call upon Jesus, and be saved.
3) Pray for the whole youth community (pray verses 5-6)
For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
- Pray that Jesus would be proclaimed and seen as Lord.
- Pray that there would be a movement in the hearts of all to serve one another for the sake of Jesus.
- Pray that through this movement many would grow in Christ, and others would come to know him.
- Pray for a revelation of God.
- Pray that the power of his light shining into darkness would bring about knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
- Pray that every individual, leader, student, young, old, new to faith, not yet committed to faith, camp speaker, band member, senior in high school or newest junior high kid, would experience Jesus in such a way that their lives are forever changed.
- Pray for REV to continue to develop into a movement in our region, where the lost are found and where teens and leaders grow up into maturity in Christ.