This was submitted by my girlfriend, Jo Anne Hipolito.
Every year, our church set a day for “Youth Prayer Day”. This is done every month of June, the same day on which our country also celebrates Independence Day.
On June 9, 2008, all the youth of “IEMELIF Church” from different places gathered together to pray and have fellowship with one another. District 1 – North, the District from which I belong which composed of almost 20 churches, meet up at Banlat IEMELIF Church (my home church) to celebrate Prayer day. The theme we had for this day is “24/7 Keeping connected with God” with the theme verse comes from the book of 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
“24/7” means we are connected to God 24 hours, 7 days a week. It is continuous, no time limit, anytime we want to call on to God through prayer we are free. Not like on our phone, sometimes the line was busy, the person we are calling is cannot be reach or either we are out of credit to make a call.
What is Prayer? A classic definition of Christian prayer according to Baker Bible Encyclopedia, it is an offering of our desires unto God for things agreeable to His will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgement of his mercies”. Prayer is a way of communication to God; it is powerful; prayer changes the world and can make impossible, possible. In the Bible God teaches us the right way to pray (Matthew 6:5-14) and when we pray we must check our own motives and see if it is the Lord’s will for us. Sometimes we ask something to God just to gratify our wants and it is not worthy to Him. Pray continually, in all circumstances give thanks.
It is a great blessing for me to join the Youth (the future generation of all churches) in prayer. I feel very happy because I see their desire to worship and praise God. They have joy in their heart to serve God, by giving their time and making Him the highest priority in their lives. The youth, the future leaders of our church, let us keep our hands together in prayer and God will hear us 24/7.
God bless all the youth, the next generation; next in line; and future leaders of our church. May the faith they have now will grow more deeper and the desire of their heart to worship God may continuously burning in fire.