Sermon Notes 2020 05 10 AM

May 10, 2020 AM
Dr. Michael Catt

How to Pray for the Next Generation

OVERVIEW

Whether you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, or volunteer, you have influence on the next generation. We believe whoever wants the next generation will get them, and we want to maximize our influence on their spiritual mental, emotional, and physical development. Prayer leads us to love God, grow together, serve others, and change the world – and our children and young people should be on our hearts before the Father.

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I. INTERCESSION IS NOT AN OPTION

"Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.” – D. L. Moody

"Prayer is the only omnipotence God has granted to man. The only thing that lies beyond the power of prayer is that which lies outside the will of God." – R. A. Torrey

How do I position myself to be an effective intercessor?

1) Make sure your __. (Psalm 119:9-11; Matthew 18:21-35; Mark 11:25)

2) Ask the Holy Spirit to __.

3) Pray for __, not your ideas or preferences.

4) Praise God that He __.

5) Pray according to __. (1 John 5:14, 15)

6) Pray without __.

7) Pray __. (Hebrews 4:16)

8) Pray __. (1 Peter 3:12)

9) Pray alert to the fact that you’re in __. (Ephesians 6:12ff)

10) Thank God that He __.

II. INVESTING IN THE NEXT GENERATION IS ESSENTIAL

The Scriptures are filled with sincere, godly people who had children who failed or rebelled, stories of families that failed to take their faith seriously.

“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.” – Psalm 139:13-16

"The wise parent realizes the sovereign God of heaven has given the gift of children. He has planned and arranged and prescribed with certain attributes, abilities, personalities, and physical appearances. By study and observation, this parent gets to know the child God has given him. He spends time in prayer asking for wisdom. He spends time watching, talking with, and listening to that precious child, not just when he is little but all through the years the child is at home. The parent actually becomes a student of the child, because the parent knows this child has certain established bents. - Chuck Swindoll

III. INTENTIONALITY IS KEY

Pray intentionally that...

1) They will know Christ __. (Ps 63:1, 11; 2 Tim 3:15)

2) They will __. (Ps 97:10)

3) When they sin, __. (Ps 119:71)

4) They will be protected from __ in their lives.

5) They will have a responsible attitude in all their __. (1 Cor 15:33)

6) They will respect those __ over them. (Rom 13:1)

7) They will __ the right kind of friendships and be __ the wrong kind of friendships. (Prov 1:10, 11)

8) They, as well as the one they marry, will be __. (1 Cor 6:18-20)

9) They will __. (1 Cor 3)

10) They will understand who they are __.

“I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.” – 3 John 4