Children and youth are the largest generation around the world. There are over 80 million Millenials in the United States, which is 34 million more than my generation called X, and is four million more people than the Baby Boomers (Jen X).
Millenials are spiritually hungry and readily accept the supernatural. They want something more than what they are getting from pop culture. They are bombarded with things to buy and do, but they want to keep their personal identities while desiring for authenticity. Relevance seemed to be a key term several years ago, but now the youth are not asking for relevance but instead want to be part of an authentic community based on reality which addresses and applies positive change to every aspect of life. As the Church we can provide their answers for life and provide authentic fellowship. They will commit to be part of the community before they come to Christ and when His power is on display they will wholeheartedly commit to Him and bring their friends.
The power of God needs to be displayed in all ministries, places of work and homes. As a youth pastor I saw many teenagers receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit. One time I was out to coffee with a group of teenagers who having conversation with them and one was curious about the Holy Spirit. Once we got into the church van I sensed the Spirit of God wanting to move and I led the teen who asked in a simple prayer and she started to beautifully speak in tongues as we traveled back to drop everyone off.
These occurrences took place often as one time I had a group of student interns in my vehicle returning from an outreach. As I had worship music playing one student in the back asked about the topic of speaking in tongues. While driving I explained it to her using Scripture and led her in prayer to receive this spiritual gift. Right then the student in the passenger seat was filled with the Spirit, then a student in the back and another student next to the one who asked. The young lady who asked didn’t receive at this moment, but testified within the week that she was deep in prayer and filled with the wonderful Holy Spirit while vacuuming. A great place for intercessory prayer is while working!
God enjoys giving spiritual gifts, even on holidays and birthdays. One time I was in my church office and received an urgent phone call. A woman in our church had her nephew who was in crisis due to drugs. She asked me to drop everything and intervene. I arrived at the home and shared the gospel with her nephew, who accepted Jesus and became instantly sober. Worship music was playing and I discussed the Spirit Baptism from Acts 2:1-4, and the woman from my church said she wanted that to take place in her life. I led her in a simple prayer asking for the Spirit to fill her up and she gloriously received. She then said that it was her birthday!
I testified previously to seeing the Spirit poured out on children in a group home (Charisma Magazine Online). Another time a child in the same group home I worked at was on “time out,” and he knew what had previously taken place to the other kids as they told many of the other kids. On his time out he asked God to fill him up and then he was wonderfully filled with the Spirit. It was New Year’s Day and his birthday!
A year ago, after preaching on salvation and seeing over 100 young people give their lives to Jesus, I gave a testimony and instruction on the Spirit Baptism and its purpose to make us a more effective witnesses for Jesus who many had just accepted minutes before. Then the team went around praying for healing and the Spirit Baptism for these precious kids. We had testimonies of knee problems and migraines healed as we watched the Spirit of God empower these young students. In previous generations perhaps people would walk away and leave when someone talks about God’s power. But due to the spiritual hunger of this present generation, they want to experience truth. Power must be evident through preaching the Word in order to reach this emerging generation. His promise for the Spirit is for all generations (Acts 2:38-39) and it is for you.
If you have not yet received the promise of the Spirit Baptism then set aside time to worship God and ask Jesus to fill you with His Spirit. Praise Him knowing that when you ask you will receive (Luke 11:13). When a language you don’t know comes to your mind start speaking it out, loud enough for you to hear and as you do give Him thanks. Then pray in this gift daily and know it has empowered you to tell others about Him. Also, find several Millenials and invest your time with them and share what the incredible Spirit of God has done in your life, pointing them to the Scripture but also taking time for you to pray with them to receive the authentic Baptism with the Holy Spirit. Mentor them to apply the Bible to their life and to walk in the power of God. The promise is to you, and to your children and all generations.
Jared Laskey is starting Destiny Open Bible Church in Virginia Beach, VA. He served in the Marine Corps from 2006-2011 and ministers living to see Jesus awaken this generation to the power of His Holy Spirit. You can follow him on twitter @jaredalaskey, or contact him through his website, firebornministries.com. He has recently co-authored a book called Veronica’s Hero you can find on Amazon here. It describes how God worked in a young woman who received news that her husband paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country.