Pray much for changing lives

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:4-9

According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists the some of the top issues that young people face are:
  1. The process of rapid physical changes in adolescence. By the age of 17, they’ll be young men and women who may be bigger than their parents and capable of having children themselves. They become very concerned about their appearance.
  2. Real disagreements emerge as young people develop views of their own that are often not shared by their parents: Friendships, clothes and appearance feature high.
  3. Anxiety may produce phobias and panic attacks. 4 out of 10 adolescents have felt so miserable that they have cried and have wanted to get away from everyone and everything.  More than 1 in 5 teenagers think so little of themselves that life does not seem worth living. In spite of these powerful feelings, depression may not be obvious to other people.
  4. More than half of young people in the UK will have had their first experience of sex before the age of 16 and so the risk of pregnancy is a significant part of adolescent life. Those who start having sex early are at greater risk of early pregnancy and health problems. Sexually transmitted diseases are common. HIV infection and AIDS are becoming more common.
  5. Teenagers and their parents complain about each other’s behaviour. Parents often feel they have lost any sort of control or influence over their child. Adolescents want their parents to be clear and consistent about rules and boundaries, but at the same time may resent any restrictions on their growing freedom and ability to decide for themselves.
  6. Around 1 in 10 secondary school children is bullied at some point, about 1 in 20 is bullied every week. Short children are more likely to be bullied.
  7. Around 1 in 100 teenagers develop anorexia, 1 in 50 have bulimia. These are more likely to occur in those who take up serious dieting, think very little of themselves, are under stress and who have been over-weight as a child.
  8. About 1 in 3 of 15 year olds in England have used drugs at some time.

Take a moment or two to pray that lives may be changed.