Pray for young peo­ple as so­ci­ety be­comes sec­u­lar

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I read a news­pa­per re­port re­cently say­ing that young peo­ple to­day aren’t re­ally in­ter­ested in God or the church. Is this true, in your ex­pe­ri­ence? Why is this hap­pen­ing?

Some re­cent polls do seem to in­di­cate that young peo­ple are less in­volved in churches than pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions; some young peo­ple, in fact, in­di­cate they have no re­li­gious be­liefs or are only vaguely re­li­gious.

In spite of this, we have found that large num­bers of young peo­ple to­day are open to the Gospel, and they have a hunger to know God in a per­sonal way. They have seen the empti­ness and hope­less­ness of life with­out God, and they sense in their hearts and minds that there must be some­thing more to life — and that “some­thing” is God. In our own min­istry, we have seen large num­bers of young peo­ple across the world come to Christ in re­cent years, not only through the pub­lic preach­ing of the Gospel but through the in­ter­net. The Bible’s prom­ise is still true: “For the word of God is alive and ac­tive” (He­brews 4:12).

At the same time, it’s true that our so­ci­ety is be­com­ing more and more sec­u­lar. Moral and spir­i­tual val­ues that used to un­der­gird our so­ci­ety are be­ing eroded, and trag­i­cally, many peo­ple (both young and old) go through life with­out ever think­ing about God or eter­nity.

Can this be re­versed? It hap­pened to an­cient Is­rael — and it can hap­pen to us, as we face our need for God and turn to Je­sus Christ in re­pen­tance and faith. Pray for the young peo­ple you know, and ask God to help you point them to Je­sus Christ, who alone can turn their dark­ness into light.

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