From Generation to Generation

The "generation gap" is real.


It can be emotional, confusing, isolating. Do you feel it? Can different generations truly understand each other, appreciate each other, learn from each other?
Christianity, counter-cultural as it is, says that the generations can do these things. But it doesn’t stop there. The Bible says that Christians of all ages must bridge the generation gap with humility, respect, and love.
The spring Week of Prayer aims to bridge that gap by calling all generations to pray for one another and rejoice together in the works of the one eternal God. Our praise and prayers will be founded on two realities that are common to everyone: we all need forgiveness and we all have hope for salvation through Jesus Christ.
Psalm 145:4-9 says,
"One generation shall commend your works to another,
       and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
       and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
       and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
       and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful,
       slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
       and his mercy is over all that he has made."

Let’s pray that Covenant Life Church is filled with cross-generational relationships marked by gratefulness to God for his mighty acts in everyone’s lives, regardless of age.

Introduction to the Week of Prayer

Monday, May 16, 2022

Todd Keeler introduces our Spring 2022 Week of Prayer, From Generation to Generation, and shares how to "mind the gap" that can divide generations. Watch and then pray through some of the points listed below.

Prayer Points for Monday, May 16:

  • Thank God that, in spite of generational differences, he unifies us through the salvation that comes through Christ alone.

  • Thank God that, in spite of the unique temptations and challenges faced by the different generations, the gospel is enough for every need.

  • Pray that Covenant Life Church would "mind the gap" by practically living out Psalm 145:4: "One generation shall commend your works to another."

  • Pray that more people at Covenant Life would cross generational lines with real relationships and deep fellowship.

  • Pray that God would shine his light on any "blind spots" you may have related to people in other generations.

  • Ask God to use this week to fill you and the people in your generation with Christ-like love, acceptance, and respect for everyone, regardless of age.

  • Ask God to use this week to give you one way you can personally bridge the generation gap in coming days.

Pray for Gen Z

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Please take a few minutes to learn about and pray for the 2- to 22-year-olds in our church.

Prayer Points:

  • Thank God for the resolve of Gen Z Christians to stand firm in their faith and to grow in godliness in spite of cultural pressures.

  • Thank God for the way he has reduced "nominal" Christians in Gen Z, so that true believers can stand out more brightly.

  • Pray that God will help Gen Z Christians stand up for righteousness and that any opposition will lead to strength and growth, not shrinking back.

  • Pray that God will help Gen Z press into deep relationships with him instead of the easy distractions of media.

  • Pray that God's glory will fill the view of Gen Z, so that they can have a proper perspective on themselves.

  • Pray that God would provide wisdom for Gen Z to find the most Christ-like, gospel-drenched combination of love and truth, so that they can show love but not compromise their convictions.

  • Pray that Gen Z would live 1 Timothy 4:12 and "set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity."

Pray for the Millennials

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Watch this video and pray for the 23- to 42-Year-Olds at Covenant Life.

Prayer Points:

  • Thank God that Millennials are growing in conviction regarding their faith in Christ and the truth of the Bible.

  • Thank God that Christian Millennials are facing a post-Christian culture with a readiness to lovingly stand for truth, and pray that he will help them be winsome light in the darkness.

  • Thank God that he has infused Millennials with entrepreneurship and a sense of adventure, and ask God to help them use those strengths for his kingdom.

  • Pray that God will help Christian Millennials grow in their knowledge of the foundations of Christianity.

  • Many Millennials are raising their own families. Pray that God will help them love their children and transfer the gospel effectively to the next generation.

  • Pray that God will work within Millennials to deepen their love for the church.

  • Pray that God will help Millennials turn away from self-centeredness and grow in sacrificial service to others.

  • Pray that God will help Millennials find a deep relationship with him in the midst of busyness, distraction, and the many loud voices in the world.

Pray for Gen X

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Watch this video and pray for the 43- to 57-Year-Olds in our church.

Prayer Points:

  • Thank God that Gen Xers are growing in authentic relationships with God, leaning less on their own works for his blessing.

  • Thank God that he has infused Gen Xers with a strong work ethic and a sense of optimism, and ask God to help them use those strengths for his kingdom.

  • Pray that God will help non-Christian Gen Xers understand their need for salvation and for a righteousness that is greater than their own.

  • Pray that God will ground Gen Xers in his word, so that they find their satisfaction in Christ and not in the world.

  • Pray that God will protect Gen Xers from the love of money and the pursuit of ungodly pleasure.

  • Gen Xers are raising their own families. Many have teenage children. Pray that God will give them wisdom to disciple their children in a world filled with distraction.

  • Pray that Christian Gen Xers will ground their identity in Christ and avoid the pitfalls of the "mid-life crisis."

Pray for Baby Boomers

Friday, May 20, 2022

Please take a few minutes today to hear from and pray for the Baby Boomers in the church.

Prayer Points:

  • Thank God for the beautiful work of the Spirit in the 60s and 70s through which so many Baby Boomers became believers in Christ.

  • Thank God for the years of experience, wisdom, and dedication to the gospel that Baby Boomers have to share with other generations.

  • Thank God for the way he has used Baby Boomers to build maturity and strength into Covenant Life over their years of service here.

  • Pray that God will deepen the Baby Boomers' relationships with him, so that they can discern his will for their daily lives.

  • Pray that Baby Boomers will selflessly "buy up all the opportunities" to serve others by sharing the gospel and their time and wisdom.

  • Pray that God will build strong cross-generational relationships between Baby Boomers and people in younger generataions.

  • Pray that God will help Baby Boomers finish well and rest in the gospel of Christ as the finish line gets closer.

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