Last night our youth ministry led the way in our church body praying around our public schools. We sent groups to 7 different local schools to pray for students, faculty and our nation that there would be a sense of God in and around the schools. We prayed on athletic fields, bus parking lots, around flag poles and in front of the school’s front doors. Above all, the prayer was that the gospel would come alive among the 20+ thousand young people in Calvert County.
According to Barna Research the probability of receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is much greater among children, than by teens and adults. In children between the ages of 5 and 13 the probability of accepting Christ is 32%. It drops to 4% for those between the ages of 13 and 18, and picks up to only 6% for the rest of life. It is commonly accepted that the vast majority of Christians today made their commitment to faith in Christ before the age of 18. Furthermore, the moral, spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional and relational foundations of people’s lives are determined primarily before age 13.
This requires urgent attention if we are to leave an enduring legacy that shapes future generations for Jesus Christ. Christians must awaken to the potential to lose or gain future generations for Christ. I believe it starts with prayer. Will you continue praying with us as we seek to reach the next generation?
 Barna, George. Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions, 2003.