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Day 11: My City YTH

Pastor Tyler

I’ve found that in life, there are few things more frustrating than being lost.

A few months back, I was on my way to a friend’s house when my phone died. I had only been there one time before and it was a while before that. But because my phone was now dead, my only option was to try to find his home based off of memory. Long story short, I drove around for an hour before I found it. But I remember being so frustrated because the reality was I knew that I was so close, but I couldn’t find the correct house. Similar to driving through your city without a map, life can be frustrating when you feel lost. Maybe you feel that way right now as you read this.

Well the good news is that you don’t have to feel this way, because God doesn’t want you to feel this way. 

Unlike the rest of the world, we are not called to wander around, hoping to someday arrive at happiness and some sort of fulfillment. That is because God not only saved us, but He has given us the Holy Spirit and His word to guide us toward living a life full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self- control. God’s Word is our charged cell phone, our maps, our guide. I love the way Psalm 119:9 (NIV) puts it:

“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your Word.”

But unlike so many of our generations, Generation Z and all the generations following are seeing something that has not happened in thousands of years. Generation Z is the first generation with almost no biblical knowledge, precedent, or principles in their lives whatsoever. So similar to the way I wandered around the streets of West Omaha trying to find my buddy’s house, we have whole generations wandering around life looking for whatever will fulfill them but yet never feeling like they’ve arrived. And we wonder why anxiety and depression are on the rise. It’s because they have no relationship with God, which also means no map in life to find fulfillment in God, purpose, and the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Join me today, as we pray for the Youth of our City.

We are going to pray that 2022 marks a year in Omaha where a generation of believers get saved and rise up to bring these young generations back to God, and in return, we see anxiety and depression cease in our city.

Lord, we pray that these younger generations would desire to know You. In the chaos of the past few years, we pray that they would begin to look to You and that they would know You. We pray that they would turn from the ways of the world, and they would begin to live on mission for You. Help us serve the next generation as a church in this city. Amen.

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