Archive for February 15th, 2008

A Moment Of Prayer

This was on the Youth Specialties Website today:  Let’s be praying, at all times, for healing in this horrific situation.

When we hear the headlines about another school shooting there are so many thoughts and emotions that run through our heads and hearts. “Do I know anyone at that school?” “How do we know our kids are safe anywhere?” “What troubles a person so much that they’d resort to this kind of violent attack?” “How can I help?” “Why, God?”

There are no good answers in times like these. Often the only thing we can do is to join together in prayer for the victims and their families, and try to help our students understand something that we, ourselves, can’t comprehend.

We come to you today with no answers, but with a request to join us in prayer for the victims and their families at Northern Illinois University, as well as those involved in the school shootings in Ohio, Louisiana, Tennessee, and California that left five dead over the past week. We need to come together and pray not only for these situations, but for our students and our culture, that these random acts of violence would come to an end and we can all live in peace and safety.

At YS, we’ll be having a time of prayer at 11am (Pacific Time). We invite you to pray with us at that time, wherever you are. We thank you for your love and service to teenagers and young adults, and we pray that God can heal our world.

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 34:18 (TNIV)

Fasting Thought Of The Day

Fasting is more than denying ourselves food or something else prayinghands.jpgof the flesh – it’s a sacrificial lifestyle before God. In Isaiah 58, we learn what a “true fast” is. It’s not just a one-time act of humility and denial before God, it’s a lifestyle of servant ministry to others. As Isaiah tells us, fasting encourages humility, loosens the chains of injustice, unties the chords of the yoke, frees the oppressed, feeds the hungry, provides for the poor, and clothes the naked. This concept of fasting isn’t a one day thing – it’s a lifestyle of servant living for God and others.

“Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am’ (Isaiah 58:8-9).