pod day 15 – jim rayburn’s prayer

“Good Lord, give us the teenagers that we may lead them to Thee. Our hearts ache for the nine million young people who remain untouched by Thy Gospel, and for the tragically large proportion of those who, having once been led to attend Sunday School, have dropped by the wayside and now find themselves without spiritual guidance. Help us give them a chance, O Father, a chance to become aware of Thy Son’s beauty and healing power in the might of the Holy Spirit. O Lord Jesus, give us the teenagers, each one at least long enough for a meaningful confrontation with Thee. We are at best unprofitable servants, but Thy grace is sufficient. O Thou, Holy Spirit, give us the teenagers, for we love them and know them to be awfully lonely…Good Lord, give us the teenagers!”

-Jim Rayburn, founder of Young Life, praying before a national group of Young Life committee members at Frontier Ranch, July 1962


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