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It seems like powerful prophecies and prophetic words over the children and youth are surfacing once again from every corner of the earth. In the last few months alone I had many new ones forwarded to me by email.

For over 20 to 30 years there have been isolated voices that have spoken about a children's and youth revival on many different levels.

Every one keeps saying the same thing—God is going to move upon the children and youth in unprecedented ways. They're going to preach, prophesy, heal the sick, do miracles, and more.

Some call them the Joshua Generation—the generation that is going in to "take the land." Others have called it the Samuel Generation—those that hear His voice and posture themselves in prayer before Him.

Some are calling it the Nazarite Generation, emphasizing their commitment to live clean, holy, and righteous before the Lord, and above reproach and condemnation. Some are calling it the Elijah generation, with a double portion anointing for signs and wonders.

Josiah Generation
I myself have called this the Josiah Generation—a group that will rise out of environments of great dysfunction, sin, and degradation. Yet they will turn to the Lord with all their hearts, as they turn their backs on the sins of their fathers and rise above the dysfunction.

There seems to be little doubt—this current youthful generation is about to make a big mark on the world, both from a spiritual and a natural standpoint. And so we wait for the fulfillment of the prophecies. As we do, there is a recurring thought in my mind that won't go away.

When one receives a prophetic word from the Lord, there are those that teach they will not just automatically come to pass just because they were spoken. To be sure, it is very important to the processes of God that they are spoken, as it then gives Him legal access to fulfill them on the earth.

But some will argue that there has to be some type of agreement and participation from us on some level before they will come to pass, such as the young Virgin Mary saying to the angel, "be it unto me according to thy word" (Luke 1:38).

We need to give ourselves entirely to the prophetic word, which means we need to continually pray over them and nurture them to fulfillment. Personal prophecies, or more specifically, the prophecies spoken over this youthful generation are conditioned and it's imperative we understand we have a part to play in order for God to fulfill His Word.

If this is the case, may I suggest that the Holy Spirit has been working overtime for years trying to get our attention concerning His desire for today's children and youth. Prophecy after prophecy has circulated for years, and we occasionally hear of pockets of where they seem to be fulfilled at least on a short-term basis. But the prophecies keep coming.

Prayer Is Key
In his book Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions, George Barna concluded in his research, "The most important resource, we believe, was the amazing amount of prayer for children and parents that was evident at the most effective ministries to children."

In other words, it should be no surprise that in churches and ministries where children have been bathed in prayer, they have come out the strongest spiritually.

It's critical we as the Church stop considering children the Church of the future because when we say this, it's too easy to become mentally complacent thinking we have plenty of time to act before that day comes.

It's not about "us now" and "them later." We need a paradigm shift in our thinking. We need to understand this is about the kingdom of God being established on this earth and it happens as one generation deliberately and on purpose begins to model, mentor, disciple, and train the next generation.

And in that mix must be deliberate and on purpose concerted prayer over this generation if the prophecies are ever going to come to pass on a worldwide scale.
Get up! Cry out at night, every hour on the hour. Pour your heart out like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him [in prayer] for the life of your little children who faint from (spiritual) hunger at every street corner.
(Lam. 2:19 Gods' Word Translation).
Saints, let's pray for our children!

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Becky Fischer
Web site: Kids In Ministry International
 
Becky Fischer is the founder and director of Kids in Ministry International (KIMI), a multi-faceted ministry that trains children to walk in the supernatural power of God and equips adults to work with children in the same way. Becky, who served as a children's pastor for ten years prior to starting KIMI, received Jesus as her Savior and the infilling of the Holy Spirit at an early age. She knows first-hand that children can be touched and used by God and recognized early in her ministry career that children are hungry for a supernatural encounter with the Holy Spirit.
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