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Youth Group Conversations for Parents

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Youth Group Conversations for Parents

Daniel Bonner

Sundays, beginning June 11, 2017, from 5:00pm - 6:00pm
At the Pender Dr. Office & Community Center
In Kristin’s office, “Family Room of St. Luke”


For all parents of 7th through 12th grade.

Questions? call Kristin at w) 703-591-1974c) 703-346-0289 or kcolligan@churchoftheapostles.org.


Our prayer as parents is that our youth will be changed more into the likeness of Christ.  Similarly as adults, as parents, we look to be changed more into His image.  There are few relationships that have the ability to transform us more into the likeness of Christ that that of a parent.  I often find myself shooting arrow prayers to God throughout the day, talking to Him about my kids (even the adult ones).

At the encouragement of Valerie Smith (mother of a teen), she and I (Kristin) talked about starting a time for conversation and prayer during the Youth Group meeting time.  We would like to begin this Sunday, June 11 at 5 to 6 just to talk, dream and pray for our kids.  This is an organic and very informal gathering.  We will meet in my office at 5 (the room with the comfy furniture).  As the meetings continue to progress and develop, there may be specific topics to be discussed and/or we might adjust the meeting time to the second half of Youth Group.  This is a beginning.

Today, I was talking with another mom about our kids and as we concluded our time together, we prayed the following prayer from Stormie Omartian’s book The Power of a Praying Parent.
 

I encourage you to pray this prayer for your child or children, it is very powerful.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email, w) 703-591-1974c) 703-346-0289 or kcolligan@churchoftheapostles.org.

Lord,

I pray for (name) to have an ever-increasing hunger for more of You.  May she/he long for Your presence long to spend time with You in prayer, praise, and worship.  Give her/him a desire for the truth of Your Word and a love for Your laws and Your ways.  Teach her/him to live by faith and be led by the Holy Spirit, having an availability to do what You tell her/him to do.  May she/he be so aware of the fullness of your Holy Spirit I her/him that when she/he is depleted in any way she/he will immediately run to you to be renewed and refreshed.  I pray that her/his heart will not have any allegiances or diversion away from You, but rather that she/he would be repulsed by ungodliness and all that is in opposition to You.  May a deep reverence and love for you and your ways color everything she/he does and know that life controlled by the flesh will only reap death.  May she/he not be wise in her/his own eyes, but rather “fear the Lord and depart from evil” Proverbs 3:7

I pray that she/he will be reliable, dependable, responsible, compassionate, sensitive, loving, and giving to others.  Deliver her/him from any pride, laziness, slothfulness, selfishness, or lust of the flesh.  I pray that she/he will have a teachable and submissive spirit that says “YES” to the things of the flesh. Strengthen her/him to stand strong in her/his convictions.

I pray that she/he will always desire to be an active member of a Christian church that is alive to the truth of Your Word and the power of Holy Spirit-led worship, prayer, and teaching. As she/he learns to read Your Word, write Your law in her/his mind and on her/his heart so that she/he always walks with a confident assurance of the righteousness of Your commands.  As she/he learns to pray, may she/he also learn to listen for Your voice.  I pray that her/his relationship with You will never become lukewarm, indifferent, or shallow.  May there always be a Holy Spirit fire in his/her heart and an unwavering desire for the things of God. AMEN