The Upper Room Devotional

The Upper Room Devotional 22nd October 2022 – The Gift of Hope

Continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (CEB)

As a youth pastor, I frequently interact with young Christians struggling with everything from depression to failed relationships. Many come to me seeking help, prayers, advice, and comfort.

In listening to their problems, I have come to realize the gift of reassurance. These young students do not want to hear me say why life is unfair to them. They do not want me to explain a solution to their problems. They want a reason to have hope.

And so I remind them that their current problem is a storm that will calm down with time and that God is with them. I tell them that God promises to see them through difficult times and to make their paths straight (see Prov. 3:5-6). I find that their faith is bolstered and they find the strength to continue through their obstacles when they hear this divine reassurance.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Heavenly Father, thank you for your constant love. Help us to share this love with others by reminding them of the hope that you offer us. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS
Youth workers

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