Every Wednesday Night before the students show up, right after I print out the final draft of my message, I pray this prayer. Maybe not word for word, but this same idea every time.
Thank You for the opportunity to speak to these students that You have given to this ministry.
I am not worthy of speaking Your truth into these kids’ lives, yet You make me worthy through Your grace and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Thank You for the time and the resources You have allowed me to have to prepare this message.
Forgive me for anything I may have overlooked in my message.
Forgive me for the times this week that I could have been studying more but instead I was scrolling though Facebook & Twitter or justified a lack of preparation to something that came up this week.
Forgive me when I rushed through my analogies or come up with stuff on the spot that may or may not work well with the message.
Purge any arrogance in my heart. Remind me that the only reason I am behind that pulpit tonight is because You have placed me there. Lord, remind me that it is not about:
- how many students laugh at my jokes,
- if students think I am relevant,
- if I’m looking fresh tonight,
- or if the color scheme for my PowerPoint presentation is really good.
Remind me that the main reason I am up there is to point them back to You; to make much of Your name and to lead them to be disciples and make disciples for You.
Lord, help me not to find my value in the attendance number or returning visitors, but to find value in being faithful to Your calling in my life.
Be glorified tonight! I pray that You will do a work in the students’ hearts and that You speak through me.
In Your Son’s great name,
Frank was born and raised in Tampa, FL. Play college football at a university in Charleston, South Carolina. Soon after he tore his ACL and felt the Lord calling him back to Tampa. He went to Trinity College of Florida where he graduated with a degree in Pastoral Ministries with an emphasis on Youth Ministry. He is the Student Ministries Pastor at Family Life Bible Church in Conway, Arkansas. He is married and has zero kids. I also blog at Frankgil.me