I’m writing this email at 10:30 pm Tuesday night (8th), sitting in a damp marquee in a field in Somerset. Tomorrow we return back to Hitchin, but there’s still a couple of hours to go – (I hope!) – before our 26 young people will be safely tucked up in their tents.
Satellites Youth Festival has been fantastic!!
Yes, we’ve endured torrential rain at times, and 40 MPH winds that destroyed some marquees (thankfully not ours!), but it’s all been worth it for the deepened friendships with leaders and Zeo Youth. Better still, the closer walks with Jesus that have visibly developed over the past five days.
One of my stand-out memories has been seeing our young people pray for each other, and us as leaders.
It’s funny how we’ve over-complicated prayer; how we’ve made it a ‘thing‘, where we feel intimidated at the thought of praying out loud for someone.
And yet prayer is truly one of the simplest and most beautiful gifts we can offer someone. To speak our own honest words to God, for someone, to bless, encourage, comfort, and strengthen. The goal is not to ‘get it right’ – the goal is to ‘keep it real’.
No wonder the New Testament letters from the Apostle Paul are strewn with his heartfelt prayers for the church family, like this one in Ephesians 3:16-17…
“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”
Can I encourage you? Firstly, snatch any opportunity you have to receive a prayer from someone – whether it’s in a Zeo Celebration OR Church At Home. It’s such a gift to be prayed for. Secondly, pass it on! Let’s grow in love and boldness to pray for others – including people outside the Zeo family.