Is that really what we want for our children and grandchildren? Absolutely not! Yet those are among the top symptoms listed in a study done on adolescents through a collective of Pediatric Doctors. That breaks my heart and triggers a passion within me to issue a call to arms.
Jesus came, died, and rose again that we might be the everlasting beneficiaries of His peace, power, and presence. In John 14:27, Jesus assured the disciples that He would never leave them nor forsake them and that “my peace I give unto you.” In Romans 12, Paul speaks of God’s great power of transformation through the Holy Spirit when he exhorts us to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
God intends to redeem and restore us in and through the life of Jesus Christ and that includes not just our physical needs, but our mental and emotional health as well. In a day where it is tough dealing with the pressure of adolescence, it is time for us to answer God’s call to arms to intercede for these young people in both church and home. God does not intend for depression and anxiety to displace joy and peace in these precious lives.
Will you join me in praying today Ephesians 6:10-17 over our young people that they might come to know the God who loves them unconditionally and who desires to complete them in every way? May God’s grace and peace be among us all as we stand in the gap for them and sow the seeds of faith that will save a generation. Amen.