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Today's teenagers want to make a difference. Many young people are concerned about the state of our world: socially, environmentally, politically, and economically. They want to help, and they're looking for meaningful ways that they can be involved in the solutions to our world's problems. And they're wondering how their faith can make a difference. How should Christians respond to these issues?
Prayer is a powerful way to make a difference in our world. But your teenagers may feel uncomfortable speaking with God about their faith. How does God feel about their questions and uncertainties? about their insecurities? their problems? Does God care about their struggles? about the struggles of other people? about the state of our nation, world, or planet? How would God want them to help others in his name?
This action-based course on prayer tackles all of these struggles head-on by helping teenagers see that God does care, that he is both powerful and compassionate, majestic and personal. These lessons will help your students see that God cares about them, about their friends and families, and about the entire world. And God wants to hear from your students. He desires a relationship with them, which means he desires communication. These four meetings lead teenagers through several personal and group encounters with God, teaching them not only the basics of prayer but also focusing on the ultimate goal of prayer-unity with Christ.
From this course your students will learn that often the most powerful way they can help those in need is to intercede for them, to bring their needs before God, and to ask for his provision and mercy. As theypractice praying for each other, students will experience the unity of believers and a real sense of community. The culminating prayer experience, a concert of prayer, will require unity among your students and will help them unify a larger body within their community.
Some of your students will be excited to dive into the experiences prescribed in this course. Others will be a bit more apprehensive. That's OK. Encourage those students who are uncomfortable that we're all in a process of growth, and none of us has yet arrived spiritually. Remind all your students that God is willing to give them the freedom to try new things, to grow at their own pace, and to do it all without fear of judgment from others-or from themselves.
Use this course to help your teenagers discover how to pray effectively in all of life's circumstances and discover the power and peace prayer can bring to their lives.