Friday, May 26, 2017

Prayer Helps

This year for the Annual BFC Youth Summer Camp we are going to be discussing the topic of prayer. As a precursor to camp our youth group has started discussing and practicing praying together for the last few weeks. I, the small group leaders, and the kids have all commented that this process has been very helpful. It takes us from just teaching the kids about prayer to actually modeling and practicing praying with them. All that being said, I thought I'd share with you a brief outline we used with the hope that it might be a help and encouragement to you and your family in your own prayer times.

Prayer Practice (R.A.T.S.)

Repentance – confessing sin and thanking God for forgiveness & newness through Christ
·      Read Prov 28:13 & 1 John 1:9 together and briefly discuss what they mean in light of repentance
·      Take a few minutes to each individually come to the Lord confessing your sin to Him and then thanking Him it has been paid for by Christ and you have the Holy Spirit to enable you to live for Him

Adoration – praising God for who He is
·      Read Psalm 145 together
·      With your Bibles open have everyone take turns praying different parts of the chapter that strike you about God back to Him, praising Him

Thanksgiving – thanking God for what He has done, is doing, or will do
·      Read Psalm 34 together and briefly discuss different things David thanks the Lord for
·      Have everyone in the group take a turn thanking God for at least 1 thing

Supplication – making requests of God for Himself, others, and yourself
·      Look back at Psalm 34:4 and briefly discuss how it applies to supplication
·      Have everyone in the group go around and give a prayer request then have everyone in the group take turns praying for the person on their right

May this outline be a blessing and encouragement to you and your family!

Phil Smith
Youth Minister

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