We begin our final month of this summer prayer journey. I was excited when Kevin Moore first told me about it, but as I keep telling you, it has been so much richer and perspective-altering than I could have imagined. See the calendar, here, for which ministries are coming up next.
This week, we are praying for First Priority of Alabama. You can visit their website or find them on Facebook. They have a ton of photos on their Facebook page of the different schools they minister in. It touched my heart to see so many kids engaged with the opportunity to experience the Gospel, and to see other students leading their peers in that endeavor. It is also great timing that we’re praying for them now, as August is FP Month, which is a month filled with FP trainings, prayer gatherings, commissioning of students, speaking engagement in churches, and much more. They have several ways you can be involved in FP month listed on this page.
First Priority was founded in 1990, with the vision of seeing the hope of Christ in every student. A city-wide church vision, First Priority provides a comprehensive plan of action for churches, students, parents, and community leaders to help create unity, resources, mentoring, and strategy within the city, communities, and on campuses to reach and disciple a generation with the love and message of Jesus Christ. Last school year, they saw over 520 decisions for Christ and over 13,000 students who participated in First Priority and FPKids. You can find First Priority on the campuses of many local middle and high schools being initiated and led by students. Greg Davis, host of Priority Talk radio on WXJC 850 am and 92.5 fm, is the president of this organization.
I Timothy 4:10-12 – “10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers. 11 Prescribe and teach these things. 12 Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.”
Heavenly Father, You are not a god made of wood, stone, clay, or precious metals. You are the true and living God, who hears with Your ears, sees with Your hands, and whose heart beats with compassion and love for Your Creation. Not only are You the God of all Creation, but You are also the God of our salvation. The story of salvation is not just a legend, but so real that it has the power to transform lives, heal broken hearts, and set captives free. We give You all glory and honor, praise and thanksgiving for being the Real, Living God Who Saves. Praise You, Lord God Almighty!
No one would argue that we live in a dark culture, and in recent weeks, we’ve seen that it’s even darker than we imagined in some ways. Our children and young people face so many traps, snares, deceit, and evil that we would never have even considered having to deal with when we were their ages. Only the Light of the Gospel can counter the growing tide of evil, and it must shine from within them, not just around them. We pray that no matter the life story, no matter the background, no matter the heartache and grief and fear and pain, step in and save this generation, O God. Be Father to the fatherless. Be Hope to the hopeless. Be Life to the dying. Be Light against the darkness. Be Rescuer to the abused. Be Comforter to the hurting. Be Love to the angry and hateful. Be Healer to the broken. Be Lord and Savior to all of them.
We pray that First Priority’s vision of the hope of Christ in every student would become a reality. That is not too big a vision for You to accomplish, Lord. Provide the resources this ministry needs to accomplish such an awesome vision. Raise up godly volunteers to mentor the students. Raise up churches to partner with this ministry and to engage in the lives of students who may never set foot in their church. Give them favor with school officials to continue meeting on campuses. We pray for Greg Davis and the leadership of First Priority. Give them wisdom and the discernment to know how You are leading them to go, and give them the courage and ability to follow. We also pray for a spirit of unity among the leadership and among the students who are participating. Give them strength to labor and strive for the Gospel and for the hearts of the students.
We also pray for the student leadership in each school who have chosen to speak out for the Gospel and to live for Christ. We pray that they would be bold for the Gospel, but in a spirit of humility. Give them the strength to be faithful and consistent in what they say, how they act, the values they display, and how the handle temptation in order to show themselves as an example of those who believe. Give them the freedom not to be perfect, but to be forgiven. Let their faith and testimony not be about works of righteousness that they’ve done, but about Your mercy to save us and wash us and fill us with Your Spirit. (from Titus 3:5) At the same time, we also pray that they would live and walk as God’s workmanship, created in Christ for good works, which God prepared for them beforehand. (from Eph. 2:10)
Lord, by Your grace and mercy, and by the power of the Gospel, let us see this generation redeemed and set free in Christ. Continue to enable First Priority to partner with You, and provide churches and community leaders to partner with them. We ask all of this for Your honor and glory. Amen.