To Parents and Leaders

Why I Made This Site

     I published this site in August 2009 when I was nearly fourteen years old. I love the Lord and I am willing to use my talents to do His work. I love to make websites and although I've designed a lot, this is the first one I've published.

     But why? Why did I feel that God wanted me to make a website about prayer? All things considered, it can be an unattractive topic for a young person without spiritual discernment; but in taking a personal interest in prayer, I have sought a way to make prayer a "teen-friendly" topic. Even though this is a step in the direction of leading all youth to the realization that prayer and devotional life is for all people, both young and old, it isn't the complete package. 

     You, as parents & guardians, teachers & leaders, mentors & role-models, need to step up to the challenge and face the facts: we, as young people, need your support. Sometimes we mess up, slip up, even give up trying to do everything we know we should. Sometimes it seems like we're not even trying; we sit around, hang with the wrong people, and don't even seem to care. Here's the shocking truth: we do care. It may not be all of us but, but even Jesus came for "as many as would receive Him" (John 1:12). There are visible examples each and every day that some teen or preteen out there really does care about his or her walk with God. Generation. Youth. Christ. (GYC) is a prominent example of such a movement of young people "united in a common commitment to serious Bible study, intense prayer, uncompromising lifestyle, and boldness in sharing Christ with others."

     Just like in Bible times, there are young people from all sorts of different backgrounds that require different types of training and attention. You have Joseph who came from a God-fearing but less-than-perfect family. You have Esther who obtained her love for God, not through her parents or siblings, but through extended family (in her case, it was her older cousin). Then you have Ruth, who did not know God but, because of her mentor and role-model Naomi, she was able to become the great-grandmother of King David, thus being an earthly ancestor of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All of them had some adult figure there for them. In the same way, we, as boys and girls growing up in the 21st century, need the help and support of YOU. When we mess up, don't just scold us; correct and guide us. When we sit around after church doing nothing, don't just complain; give us something to do. When we're in a rut, don't just sit back and tell us it's our own fault; be there for us and help us

     While life as a teenager may be more carefree than that of an adult, it's just as stressful. We do dumb things; but why? It is often because we do not have someone there to tell us that we are wrong or to keep us from doing wrong in the first place. We are spiritually young, spiritually weak. We need you to be there, admit your faults, and show us the way so that we can stay on the right path. If you love us and really care, you will not allow us to go and make the same dumb mistakes you did when you were our age; for love chastens. We need you more than you think and when your not there for us, it hurts. We are crying out for help, for support, for love, for attention. 

     Do you hear us?



Lyrics

She is running
A hundred miles an hour in the wrong direction
She is trying
But the canyon's ever widening
In the depths of her cold heart
So she sets out on another misadventure just to find
She's another two years older
And she's three more steps behind

Does anybody hear her?
Can anybody see?
Or does anybody even know she's going down today
Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope that's tucked away in you and me
Does anybody hear her?
Can anybody see?

She is yearning
For shelter and affection
That she never found at home
She is searching
For a hero to ride in
To ride in and save the day
And in walks her prince charming
And he knows just what to say
Momentary lapse of reason
And she gives herself away

Does anybody hear her?
Can anybody see?
Or does anybody even know she's going down today
Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope that's tucked away in you and me
Does anybody hear her?
Can anybody see?

He is running
A hundred miles an hour in the wrong direction

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