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“And afterward I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. Even upon the menservants and upon the maidservants in those days will I pour out My Spirit.” Joel 2:28-29
Across the nations of the earth there is a powerful visitation of the Spirit of God beginning to fall upon the children and youth; the sons and daughters of God’s people. The scripture in Joel says, “your sons and daughters shall prophesy.” It is important that we as Christians know and understand what the Spirit is saying to the Church in this time of visitation so we can cooperate with the move of God. We can actually quench the power of the Holy Spirit in the sons and daughters if we are not aware of some practical steps to take.
Recently I was participating in a chapel service at Every Home For Christ. Victor Lorenzo from Argentina was sharing about the move of God among the children in his home church in Buenos Aires. He shared that 200 children ages 3-12 prayed 5 hours in the plaza the day I spoke at the church. After Victor shared, Dick Eastman got up and told how one of the EHC leaders in Fuji has reported that it is not uncommon for the Spirit of God to come upon an eight-year-old in their midst to stand and preach the whole sermon! I also know of a church in Japan where the power of God fell upon the children in a prayer meeting and the children started weeping, laughing, and prophesying under the power of the Spirit. Recently, as I was praying for the children at my home church, Springs Harvest Fellowship pastored by Dutch Sheets, the children began to fall under the power of God, weeping and laughing. After a while I asked if Hannah, one of Pastor Sheets’ children, would start praying for the adults. Hanna is a beautiful five-year-old with big brown eyes. As Hannah stood before her own daddy and simply said, “In Jesus name,” the power of God fell heavily upon her own dad to the point he could not stand up under the glory of God! Truly God is pouring His Spirit out upon the sons and daughters—the children and youth of this generation.
Several weeks ago as I was speaking at an inner city church in Oakland, California. I felt a stirring in my heart to have the youth who were present pray for the pastors who had come to the spiritual warfare conference. As the youth began to pray for the leaders, many began to weep and experience a powerful renewal in their walk with the Lord. At and evening service a little black boy of around eight years of age was healed of a large lump on his rib cage. The power of God overcame him and he fell under the power for almost two hours. When he got up he described how God visited him and took him to heaven in a vision. Joel 2:28 says the young men shall see visions. He was so transformed by the vision he glowed! I asked him if he would begin to pray for those present who needed healing and God started doing wonders through the small boy. Another youth who was prayed for, walked over, took the hand of a lady in a wheel chair and she got up and walked! Not only did she walk but she regained her eyesight!
Here are some signs and indicators of the presence of God moving on the children and the youth:
There are some very practical ways to release this move of God in your church and participate in the out-pouring upon your sons and daughters. Here are a few suggestions:
In the study of the history of revivals, it is apparent in any great move of God that one of the signs of true revival is children and youth being used powerfully. It is imperative that the church knows what to do with these visitations of God’s Spirit on the youth. In the past, children have even been hospitalized because their parents thought they were crazy when they wanted so desperately to give themselves totally to prayer.
Jesus says in Mark 10:13: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” According to the Greek, this “Let the children” or “Suffer” or “Permit the children to come” also has the connotation of sending forth the children. Could it be that the move of God is sometimes hindered in our churches because we do not understand how to send forth the children and youth?
May God grant you great wisdom and strategy as you seek His face on how to cooperate with the visitation of God upon this upcoming generation until every son and daughter of every tongue, tribe, and