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Praying for our youths and children to fulfill their destinies  – Part 12


Austen C. Ukachi

Fighting the battle for the souls of our youths and children in this generation is inevitable; it is a battle that must be fought and won if we must secure the future generation of the Church.

Malachi’s prophecy offers hope of healing between the estranged hearts of the fathers and their children. “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse” (Malachi 4:6 NKJV). This prophecy calls for intercession for the healing of the breach between generations, the fathers and the youths. Satan capitalises on the breach between fathers and their children to create a generational gap. Whenever there is a divide between one generation and another, it becomes difficult to pass on spiritual vision and values and continuity is hampered.

Every prophecy must not be taken for granted, but seen as an invitation to wage spiritual warfare for its actualisation. The same applies to the prophecy concerning our youths. Paul said: “This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare” (I Timothy 1:18 NKJV).

According to prophet Joel, youths have been destined to be prophets and visionaries in these last days. Our responsibility is to pray for them to fulfill their prophetic destiny. “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28 NKJV). It is then understandable why Satan is fighting so hard to prevent our youths from fulfilling their place in history.

Prophet Isaiah foresees a day when our sons and daughter will come from afar (Isaiah 49:23,24; 60:4,9,14). That can only happen when we intercede for them. For now many of our youths are in strange lands languishing in sin and in Satan’s camp, only by intense and sustained prayers can we deliver them and bring them into the kingdom of God to fulfil their destinies.

God is involved in the battle over the destiny of our youths. As Isaiah revealed, God says: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, And the prey of the terrible be delivered; For I will contend with him who contends with you, And I will save your children” (Isaiah 49:25 NKJV). God’s involvement in this battle is an encouragement that our children will be delivered at all cost. He declares, “…For I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children.”

Our youths are destined to serve God. We must pray for them to be a fulfillment of Zacharias prophecy, “To perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to our father Abraham: to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life” (Luke 1:70-75 NKJV).

May our youths hear a supernatural sound summoning them to kingdom service.  There must be a dedicated generation we must hand over the baton of the kingdom race to. May they be awakened to take their place in the relay race of the kingdom. Like John the Baptist, we must “make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Lk.1:17).


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Austen C. Ukachi
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