Several of my favorite characters in the pages of Scripture first appear as young people doing something significant for the nation. Samuel learned to hear God’s voice as a young boy. King David, as a teen, stood up to the giant Goliath when an army of men retreated in fear. And Josiah, the boy king, brought the nation to spiritual revival.
Prior to going into magazine and book publishing, I was a high school English teacher and a youth group sponsor at my church. I have always loved the spunk and spirit of young people, both teenagers and college-aged young adults. I still do. Apparently, God does too.
Did you know that throughout history, God often used young adults as catalysts for revival? A few leaders include Evan Roberts (Welsh Revival), Jeannine Brabon (Asbury Revival) and Samuel Mills (Haystack Prayer Meeting and Revival). And God continues to use the young in these days as His return draws near. That’s what our January 2022 issue is all about—how God is raising up the next generation for His purposes. It will encourage you. (To purchase a copy, click here.)
Plan to Reach a Younger Audience
Back in the July 2021 issue of Prayer Connect, I introduced you to Niko Peele, our new assistant editor, who also works to raise up young leaders on college campuses. Niko’s influence is strongly seen in the January 2022 issue. But beyond hiring a younger editor, the Church Prayer Leaders Network (our parent ministry) has been praying for some time about ways to reach a younger audience with our extensive content.
We currently have more than 1,000 pages of prayer content online at prayerleader.com, including now 47 issues of Prayer Connect. Each month more than 30,000 pages are viewed there. PrayerShop Publishing, our publishing arm, has produced 57 books and more than 10,000 pages of content over the past 13 years. We now want to repackage and reformat this content for digital delivery.
In early 2022, we will launch Love2Pray, a “help for one’s personal prayer life” site and app that digitally delivers practical prayer tips, prayer guides, Bible studies on prayer, and access to digital versions of many of our books to members who sign up. The site will also ultimately have a function that allows for people to have prayer partners and prayer groups interact with each other through praying together, sharing prayer requests, hosting Bible study discussions, and so on.
While Love2Pray will be geared toward a 20- to 40-year-old audience, many of our current subscribers and members will be interested, too. It should help to make a person’s prayer life more consistent, effective, and dynamic.
Watch for more information on Love2Pray or check out Love2Pray.net.
–Jonathan Graf is the publisher of Prayer Connect and the president of Church Prayer Leaders Network.
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