Adam’s Devotional- April 13-19, 2017

From Adam

The temptation during Holy Week is to skip Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and jump to Easter.  This may also be the great temptation in life as well.  We know about Jesus’ betrayal, and we know about Jesus’ crucifixion, but it can be tempting to jump to resurrection and forget about death.  When we, or people we know, experience painful emotions or experiences, we can be tempted to push those feelings away or try to fix others by saying some version of “everything is going to be okay” or “just count your blessings”.  When you really stop and think about it, it’s a guarantee that those experiencing the first Holy Week felt as though their entire worlds were crashing down upon them.  They may have felt like their greatest nightmare was coming true.  On Holy Saturday (the day between Good Friday and Easter when Jesus is in the tomb) you can bet they were not looking forward to an Easter egg hunt the next day.  The point is, you have to go through Good Friday to get to Easter– you have to go through death to get to resurrection. What is the figurative death in your life that you are avoiding?  What are the painful emotions that you or your friends are dealing with that you are trying to avoid, ignore, or fix?  Matthew’s gospel records these last words of Jesus: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  Is there any place in your life where you need to pray that same prayer Jesus prays?  Good Friday reminds us that God is with us, even when we feel God-forsaken.  God’s up to something . . . Be a part of it.

Prayer Partner Breakfast 2016

We had so much fun at our annual Prayer Partner Breakfast! It is one of our favorite events in the youth ministry.  We love being able to gather the adults and youth prayer partners for a time of fellowship and prayer together! Please check out our pictures above to get a little taste of what our morning was like!

Prayer Partner Breakfast 2015

Early December, we held our annual Prayer Partner Breakfast. It was such a special time to have our adults and youth partner together in prayer, not only on this day, but also throughout the year.  Over breakfast, we had a time of fellowship over breakfast and prayer for each other.

Confessions of a Veteran Prayer Partner

Confessions of a Veteran Prayer Partner

Most longstanding adult prayer partners have one thing in common. Mark DeVries approached them with “Hey, I have an interesting idea.” Trish Andrews is one of those veterans. “Mark assured me all he was asking was for me to commit to pray regularly for a youth in our church,” Trish said. “Since I believe wholeheartedly in the power of prayer and had young children at the time that would someday go through the youth program, I said, ‘Yes.'” Trish is now on her fourth prayer partner, which could translate to 24 years of prayer partnership. During that time, she has seen her children reap the benefits of having an adult prayer partner.

One thing that surprised Trish was that it didn’t matter how involved or not involved in church the youth is. If they are on the roster for FPC’s youth program, they get assigned a prayer partner. “My first prayer partner was Candace Clippard,” Trish recalled. “The first time I reached out to her to invite her to the Prayer Partner Breakfast, she informed me she doesn’t even go to our church.” Candace’s uncle, Trish recalled, was the pastor at her church, but she had friends in the FPC youth group and liked to attend. “I didn’t think Candace would come to the breakfast, but she did.” Candace is now an adult, active and involved with our church, and a key participant in Barefoot Republic. Trish admitted, “I didn’t do a lot outside of praying for her, which I still do, and attending the Prayer Partner Banquets, yet I have a special place in my heart for Candice, along with my other partners, due solely to the Prayer Partner Program.” It’s impossible not to care deeply for someone you have prayed for. Lives intersect within this program. For Trish, youth ministry comes full circle as Candace has been involved in the FPC Youth ministry and with her teenage daughter.

“I would say the most challenging thing about the Prayer Partner Program is knowing how to pray for a person you don’t know well,” admitted Trish. “Most teens, mine included, are not that good at opening up to adults, especially ones they don’t know, to share prayer requests.” However, in the absence of specific prayer requests, Trish says she always prays for their faith, the ability to discern God’s will about their God-given purpose in life, spouse, Godly friends, strength to resist peer pressure, and such. There are certain prayers that are universal, and praying them with a certain child in mind benefits both the prayed for and the pray-er. “My daughter was partnered with Drusie Bishop,” she said. “Drusie was wonderful and always greeted Joslyn by name at church, asked about her and let her know she was faithful in praying for her.” Drusie chose Easter as her special time to connect with Joslyn and always called around that time and dropped off an Easter basket for her. Nothing big, just a little something to signify the importance of Easter and an excuse to personally touch base on a yearly basis.

Trish says there is no right or wrong way to be a good prayer partner. The relationship is unique to each pair depending on your stage in life, if you are family friends or have never met, and your individual personality. The bottom line is just add that child/adult to your prayer life. You will be blessed, and they will too. “Anything else you do is just icing on the cake,” said Trish.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Youth X-mas with red stripe for blog

 “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not over come it”- John 1:5

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