MVMT, YOUTH, YOUNG ADULTS, CHILDREN
We are building the church of tomorrow today. That is the motto of the Lighthouse, you’ll see it on our minibuses. We are always looking beyond ourselves. Tomorrow’s church depends on today’s prayer and today’s action.
King Hezekiah was a good king, but he did not care about the future. In 2 Kings 20 we read how Hezekiah was sick, and Isaiah the prophet came to him and told him he was going to die. When Isaiah left, Hezekiah prayed and wept before the Lord for his own life, and amazingly, God changed his mind and told Isaiah to go back to Hezekiah and tell him God would heal him and give him 15 more years of life. Shortly after this Isaiah prophesied to Hezekiah that the Babylonians would come and destroy Jerusalem and the temple, and take his sons captive to Babylon. Hezekiah replied “The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “At least there will be peace and security in my lifetime.” (2 Kings 20:19)
When Hezekiah’s own life was threatened, he wept and prayed and changed the mind of God. When something catastrophic beyond his own lifetime was prophesied, he could have done the same – and possibly, he would, if he had cared about it. And possibly that is why God caused Isaiah to share that word with Hezekiah, because He knew how Hezekiah had prayed so fervently and moved God to change His mind. Maybe God hoped that Hezekiah would intercede powerfully for Judah and plead with God to change his mind about that also. Moses had done that very thing, effectively, in the past, when Israel made a golden calf, and God threatened to destroy them, and Moses pleaded for them so effectively that “God relented of the harm that he had intended to do to his people” (See Exodus 32:7-14)
But Hezekiah did not pray or plead with God, because he did not care. He just accepted it, and said “The word of the Lord is good.” He thought, “As long as it’s good in my lifetime, what do I care about the future?” And so there was no-one to pray for the next generation. And Hezekiah’s son, Manasseh, who was born during the 15 year extension of life that God gave Hezekiah, turned out to be the most evil king that Judah had ever had. (See 2 Kings 21:1-16) Hezekiah did not train him, he did not have an eye for the future, he did not look to the next generation or pray for them.
Things can turn in a generation! That’s why we need to pray for young people, for the next generation. We cannot afford to just care about ourselves. Thank God that we have a strong movement of young people in the Lighthouse. An entire generation can rise or fall depending on what our young people do and who they are.
It all depends upon leadership. Hezekiah himself brought revival after the wicked reign of his father King Ahaz, and because he was king, he turned Judah back to the Lord. But Manasseh led them to do more depraved and evil things than any other king before, because the people followed his leadership. We need to pray for godly leaders to be raised up who will turn people to the Lord and not to ungodliness.
· PRAY for MVMT, for the leaders of MVMT Pastor Jesse and his team: Bayanda, Sam, Rachel, Hannah, Faith, Rhea and other youth leaders as they seek to lead this generation effectively. Pray that they will also become godly mentors to the generation beneath them.
· PRAY for the continued success and growth of M groups in 2019, that they will achieve all their targets for growth this year and even exceed them! Pray that these groups will be environments where young people can grow in grace and godliness, where they can draw closer to the Lord and become spiritually mature and strong.
· PRAY for our children, for Lightforce, for our children’s pastors Richard and Petra and all the amazing work they do with their team of helpers. Pray for strength and inspiration as they prepare and teach every Sunday, and pray that this generation will grow up with a godly foundation in their lives that they will never forget.