The specific theme and focus regarding prayer this Wednesday will be around these two questions:
1) Does the length of our prayers matter? Are longer prayers better prayers, and shorter prayers not so good?
2) Are repetitive prayers “good and acceptable”, or should we avoid them?
As always, please note the ways that you can pray for our students for this week. In addition, please see the questions that you can be asking your students this week in preparation for the lesson and follow up after the lesson. God Bless!
Here’s how you can pray for our students this week!
- Continue to pray for salvation among our students. 1 Timothy 2:1 states: “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all people.” Please join us in being obedient to this! We want all of our students to know Christ, and we will continue praying towards that end.
- Pray that our unsaved students would not have a peace until they get saved. This statement sounds harsh when you first read it off the page, but I assure you that it comes from a place a true compassion and love. The worst possible place for our students (or anyone for that matter) is to be unsaved and comfortable with that reality. I would much rather God not give them a peace of mind or conscious until they submit their lives to Christ. Please pray that the ministry of the Holy Spirit (to convict men of sin and testify to the Lordship of Christ) would continue through the lives of our students.
- Pray that our students would commit themselves to prayer. As we learned last week at FUEL, prayer is the relationally intimate time that we have with God where we ask for Him to be glorified through His will being done. If we want to know God better, we MUST commit ourselves to prayer. Therefore, pray that this would be a discipline that each and every one of our students takes seriously.
- Pray that our students would learn to pray for God’s will to be done in all circumstances. This is the heart and soul of prayer; not that our will would be done, but that God’s will be done – even when it’s circumstantially difficult for us. If God’s way is the best way, then why would be pray against that? Let’s pray that our students learn this valuable lesson!
Here are some questions that you can ask your students following Wednesday’s lesson.
- Do you think that longer prayers are better prayers? (A: We shouldn’t think this way. The only thing that matters in prayer is a pure and faithful heart to God. We can express that in short or long prayers.)
- Does this mean that we should avoid long prayers, or a season of devoted prayer?(A: Of course not. These times can be truly special, God-honoring, and sanctifying to our souls. We just need to make sure that we are praying for the right reasons – that God be glorified through His will being done.)
- Is God obligated to answer our prayers the way that we want him too? (A: No. However, God does always reward faithful prayer to Him in all seasons of life. So yes – God does reward our faithful prayers, but no – he is not obligated to answer our request in the way that we want them answered.)
- Is repetitive prayer a good thing, or a bad thing? (A: Discuss)
- How can you, as a teenager, be more committed to the discipline of prayer in your day to day life? (A: Discuss).