Prayer Study

I am currently working on a study of prayer for my youth. There are several reasons why I a doing this, probably the biggest being because I haven’t done one in over 5 years. But since this will be the fall kickoff study I am looking for a "hook" in the title. I want to stay away from cheesy stuff like "God’s Instant Messaging" and things related to that and go more towards something that speaks more closely to honest questions about prayer. Something along the lines of "Why Pray?" or "Why Prayer Doesn’t Work". It doesn’t have to go this exact route, just something that in that same spirit.

So what are your ideas? 

11 thoughts on “Prayer Study

  • July 9, 2007 at 8:27 PM
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    how about – "If God already knows everything why should I pray?" – I know it’s long, but one of the toughest questions I was ever asked.

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  • July 9, 2007 at 9:12 PM
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    or God Knows, so Why Pray?

    I likes, anyone else have an idea?

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  • July 9, 2007 at 11:24 PM
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    Hello,
    Here’s some ideas I had:
    "Is God Hearing My Prayers?"
    "Making Wishes vs. Saying Prayers"
    "Prayer – It’s About Relationship"

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  • July 10, 2007 at 12:59 AM
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    I like the idea of contrasting prayers with wishes or even a rain dance type thing.

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  • July 10, 2007 at 6:06 AM
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    Hi,
    I was writing this for my church this week and since it’s about prayer somehow I thought I’d share. I hope that is okay.

    Intimate Prayer With God
    Have you ever felt like you have prayed, and prayed, and prayed to God about something and you just don’t know how else to express yourself to Him. You are so tired of hearing yourself say the same thing over and over again. Yet what can you do? You want to keep praying though you are weary.
    When God places us in circumstances which require patient, persistent prayer, He knows we need to lean on Him for help in order to keep on praying. One way to draw upon God’s strength in prayer is to use God’s own words from the Bible to create a personal prayer. When we find scriptures that express our needs and feelings, they can be used as a prayer. We can write the scripture down on a piece of paper, leaving blanks where we can best insert our name to personalize it. This will create an intimate way to communicate with God.
    Below is a portion of Psalm 143 with blanks throughout it. As you slowly read this Psalm, say your own name when you come to the blanks. You may even want to read it out loud, pausing to focus your attention on God.

    Psalm 143:7-12 (NLT)
    Come quickly Lord, and answer me _________ for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die. Let me hear of your unfailing love to me in the morning, for I __________am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I have come to you in prayer. Save me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me _________to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me __________on firm footing. For the glory of your name, O Lord, save me. In your righteousness, bring me out of this distress and destroy all my foes, for I _________am your servant.

    Remember we are never alone in our prayer life with God. He wants to share in it with us and to assist us in growing closer to Him. In looking to His words we can place His strength in our prayers.

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  • July 11, 2007 at 5:39 PM
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    Is Anybody Listening; Does Anybody Care?

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  • July 11, 2007 at 5:43 PM
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    I don’t know why, but that made me think of a song from the "Friend’s Forever" musical. "Somebody told somebody not to tell what they heard somebody say. Somebody told somebody not to tell, but they told it anyway" (Then over that you would have the girls singing) "Is there anybody out there? Is there anybody out there? Is there anybody out there? Someone I can trust?

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  • July 11, 2007 at 11:36 PM
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    I second the prayers vs. wishes train of thought. Kind of like me trying to help my children distinguish their "wants" from their "needs".

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  • July 12, 2007 at 6:11 AM
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    by the way, thanks Irene! Great Idea!

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  • July 12, 2007 at 7:27 PM
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    It probably made you think of a song because it is from a folk song. Same title, don’t know who wrote it. The chorus goes, "Hey, Hey anybody listening. Hey, Hey anybody care. Hey, hey anybody listening; does anybody care." And it is sung fast paced, not all dreary like.

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  • July 13, 2007 at 6:09 AM
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    As I’ve thought about the prayer vs. wishes thing, I couldn’t help but think of how young kids always want to throw coins into those water fountains or ponds that people have thrown money into to make a wish. They always close their eyes and think of their wish, toss their coin waiting for their wish to come true. When we pray, we close our eyes, ask for God to listen and help, then we wait upon Him for guidance. I’d rather trust God then a water fountain :-)

    I’m not sure what types of things your church does, though wouldn’t it be great if people wrote a personal need, brought it to an alter, then made their choice to either wish or pray about it. They would then decide whether to place it in some type of fountain/bird bath or they could place it on top of a bible or in a prayer box. The key being when it’s a wish placed in the fountain we believe we are in control and know best. When we give it to God in prayer we are acknowledging His plans as perfect.

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