Speaking to the Soul – Friday October 29

A short reading and prayers for today

O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do. Now that I am old and grey, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.
Psalm 71:17-18 NLT

Over the years I have heard a number of people say that they felt that the ideal life would be one in which they did what they wanted for the whole of their life. And then, on their death bed, they would commit their life to God and receive eternal life. In this way, they figured, they would get the best of both worlds. King David would have completely disagreed with them! For him, the whole of life was made more special and precious through knowing God. He saw his life, from beginning to end, as an opportunity to proclaim how great God was and, in so doing, to ensure that future generations would also worship God.

Succession planning is an integral part of any effective organisation. If there are no plans for the future, then there is every possibility that the organisation will fail and have no future. This is as true of the church as any other group. Sadly, many churches these days have no children and young people attending. However, I believe that every single church needs to ensure that it is continually praying for children and young people and seeking to encourage them. I remember one particular church that was almost exclusively composed of retired people. They recognised that they were not in a position to welcome younger people and so they showed their commitment to the future by giving gifts to support a youth worker in another church. I thought that was a beautiful and creative response. Rather than just bemoaning the lack of children and young people in their church they did something positive to enable such ministry to take place.

Whatever we do, we need to keep our eyes on the next generation. Through prayer and our giving we can help to prepare the ground for the future of the church. Is there anything more exciting than seeing young people praising God and sharing their lives with him?


In what ways could you do more to help children and young people to meet God?


Lord God, I thank you for the blessing of knowing you. Help me to keep proclaiming how great you are. Amen

Go before us, Lord, in all our doings, with your most gracious favour,
and further us with your continual help;
that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you,
we may glorify your holy name,
and finally by your mercy attain everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Heavenly Father,
in whom we live and move and have our being:
We humbly pray that your Holy Spirit may so guide and govern us
that in all the cares and occupations of our daily life,
we may never forget your presence
but may remember that we are always walking in your sight,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.