From the President

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"As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance." — The Apostle Paul, 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

My mom and dad, especially after Dad retired, had an intricate prayer routine. They would write the names of people they were praying for on index cards and each day take a specific number of these cards and pray faithfully. There were Tuesday people, and Wednesday people, and other cards with specific requests and they would work their way through the list. If they ever met you and said they'd pray for you, they would. And the strange thing is that they might lose contact with that person but that wouldn't stop them from praying. On some cards, they had former college classmates of mine whom I had forgotten but they had not. Did it really matter for them to go through this ritual each day or had Mom and Dad just found something they could do in the morning that gave them a sense of satisfaction like, "Well, honey, we finished the list today. Let's go have another cup of coffee."

The Apostle Paul said that what my parents did mattered tremendously. And what they were doing in their bedroom with those cards in a little town in the Pacific Northwest made all the difference in the world and impacted eternity.

Paul said when people prayed for him, it enabled the rapid spread of the Gospel (yes, he cared about growth by getting the Word out as quickly as he could) and helped others to honor that Gospel in their lives. He said others' prayers were a major factor in his deliverance from wicked and evil people because wicked and evil people tried to derail what he was doing.

Now if who Paul was and what Paul did with his life were impacted by the prayers of others, do we not think we can have the same experience when people pray for us and when we pray for them?

I'm going to ask you to pray for me. Whenever you think about the mission of Young Life, will you please pray for me and the rest of the Young Life team that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you? You know, of course, that we are engaged in fulfilling what we believe is a God-given vision to impact two million kids a year. (This is twice the number of middle-school, high-school, and college students impacted three years ago.) That requires the rapid spread of the Gospel. That means the Word of God must take root and be honored by those who hear. We don't have a chance to do that unless you and others pray. Will you pray that these Young Life leaders (both volunteers and staff members) will be delivered from wicked and evil people and protected from the evil one as they live out the Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations?

When you drive by a school or see some kids walking into McDonald's, will you pray for them and those who are trying to share the Gospel with them and their classmates? Will you pray for your own kids and their friends? And, while you're at it, why not enlist a group of people to pray daily for you and you do the same for them?

Does prayer really matter? Absolutely!

Let us pray.