One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Ezekiel 37 – the valley of dry bones. Every time I read this passage I pray that God would do a work like this in our church and in our ministry.
Ezekiel is written to a nation of discouraged and disillusioned exiles in Babylon and the valley of dry bones is God’s way of saying that he is going to bring life to the life-less. And if that isn’t a mission statement for student ministers than I don’t know what is. There is so much pain and hurt in the world and specifically in the teenage world, and God has called me/us to bring life to the broken down, the depressed, oppressed, dried out, dead, forgotten generation.
Father, Help me to speak the words that you call me to speak. And I ask that these words would not by my own and that they would be life giving. Lord I want so badly to see the valley of youth ministry come to life in our church, and in churches across the world. Father help us to reach this generation. Lord raise up leaders who will speak life, raise up churches that will support life, raise up students to carry on this life giving. We need you now more than ever. Father, we plead that you would do a work in our world. We do this for you and for your alone so that you will be glorified and that your kingdom may flourish. Amen!