Over the weekend I had the joy of celebrating another year of ministry with some of our youth leaders. My face still hurts from the laughter that ensued. When you spend time in ministry together, friendship is inevitable. I value the people who make reaching out to teenagers possible and am excited to be working with them again for another year.
I had our leaders give me a verse that I could pray over them while we serve together.
I’m reading them for the first time this morning and I’m blessed to speak these powerful words into their lives and families.
You have people in your life that you care for deeply…maybe you find it difficult to know what to pray. Why not ask them? Find out the verse that they’ve been sitting with lately and write it down. The Word of God is always a great place to start.
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” John 15:16
“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up: do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do no fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you! Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God! I will strengthen you and help you! I will hold you up with my victorious right hand!” Isaiah 41:10
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores MY SOUL. He guides me in paths of righteousness, for his names sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, you anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!” Psalm 23
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.” John 3:16
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes fear the Lord and sun evil. This will bring health to your body.” Proverbs 3:5-8
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Take to heart these commandments that I give you this day. Impress them upon your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a symbol on you hands and on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates….” Deuteronomy 6:4-12
“He has shown you, O Man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
I pray these words over you today and believe in faith that God’s is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ever ask or think. May you feel them alive in you as you serve your family, your neighbor, and your church.