The Coming Teen Decade

Over the last year, one of the things I have been calling youth leaders to is The Coming Teen Decade. It is the one time in a century that we have 7 teen years (2013-2019). A great time to emphasize an awakening in the young people of our country. America needs a spiritual renewal. I cam calling for "A Thousand Personal Revivals" that will spark the next Great Awakening of our generation. America is in desperate need for a spiritual renewal. Why?

In his letter, “My Heart Aches for America,” the 93-year-old Graham wrote that he recalled how his late wife, Ruth, once expressed concerns about the nation’s “terrible downward spiral”—exclaiming, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Graham, who has preached to more people than any other Protestant in history—2.2 billion—wrote that he wondered what Ruth would think of the country today where “self-centered indulgence, pride and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle.”

Here's what we are calling youth leaders and young people to over the next 7 years:

1. Daily Repentance of Sin - This is what it means to walk in the Spirit. To erase the penalty of sin that is written against us. Paul said in Colossians 2 that Christ came to set us free from the certificate of debt that we carry around. Believe Christ has set you free daily.

2. Weekly Fasting and Prayer on Fridays at Noon - We are calling all teenagers to fast every Friday at noon. What a movement. As Jesus said in Mark 9, "This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer and fasting." There are some things that we want to see in this generation. But, it will not happen without prayer. Without another level of prayer and fasting.

3. Monthly Witnessing to a Friend - Name someone. Right now. And pray for them the first 15 days of the month. Then, in the last 15 days, do something to serve them or to share your story with them.

4. Annual Mentor in Your Life - We all need someone in our life that we are afraid of. A person who scares us to the next level. Someone who we give the power to become an editor in our life. A Jethro to Moses. A Paul to Timothy.

5. A Lifetime of Sexual Purity - From cradle to grave we want to present our bodies as living sacrifices to the Lord. Eyes, ears, speech, and actions. I am praying for young people who will run from evil. As Paul encouraged the Corinthians to flee immorality, we are calling young people to run from evil desires.

Ask God to begin a personal revival in you that will shake the nations. We pray to God for another great awakening. But, God, please begin it in me!