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Prayer Verses

 Download a PDF of the prayer verses in A4 format (2 pages)

Take some prayer verses from the Bible (like the ones included above) and cut them up. Give them out to people to pray for things using the verses.

The Bible tells us that Jesus is the High Priest of our confession so when we confess the Word out loud, it's like releasing Jesus in his priestly calling of standing before God and interceding for us (which he does anyway I know!!) But confessing the Word of God releases the power of God, because the Word has within it, to make happen what the Word says! (I hope that makes sense!!)

So basically pray the Word over situations. For example, "Lord, your Word says that I should pray at all times with all kinds of prayers and requests, according to Ephesians 6.18. So I ask you to strengthen and help 'Bob' at this time."

Then swap around the prayer verses and get the next person / group to pray using those verses!

Airplane Prayers

This idea from Nicola Reeve - Everyone makes a paper airplane then writes their prayer on the wings, on a given signal, they all throw the planes around. Then after 20 seconds, stop, pick up the nearest plane and pray for what's on it.

Prayer Brick Wall

 Download a PDF template of a brick wall in A4 format

This idea from RCC Exeter. What you need to do is to construct / paint a 'wall'. So, just get someone good at art (or use an image off google etc) to create a brick wall. Make this at least A2 size, by printing off A4 bits and attaching them together, or getting it professionally printed. Then attach this to a wall in the youth room / church, or to a board / divider etc. You will also need some blue tack (or similar) and some envelopes, paper and pens.

What happens is that people take a pen and paper and write up a prayer request. They then put it in the envelope, with their name on if they want to - and attach it to the brick wall by the blue tack. Everyone does this and then everyone prays for at least one other person on that wall.

If you need to be more sensitive, you can say that leaders will pray for the prayer requests. After the prayer time / meeting / service has finished, people can take their own prayer request away, or the envelopes will be completely destroyed by the youth team. I burn them (the envelopes that is, not the youth group or leaders..)!

Quiet-time updated 26/10/10

Prayer Record

Idea from Simon D. This involves getting an old vinyl record. You will also need some post-it notes. Encourage young people to write stuff on the post-it that they want rid of in their lives. For example this may be things said or done by them or to them, sins etc. Then affix the notes to the record. Then, away from the young people (to protect them, eg with yourself between them and the record), smash up the record. If you are strong enough you can smash it into pieces with your hands. Warning: watch your eyes, by shutting them or turning your head away as you smash the record. This symbolises smashing up those things written on the post-its from their lives, getting rid of them.

Prayer WWW

Pick a state, a county, a place, or a country. Maybe pick more than one of any of these. Find a bunch of churches online. Check them out, then print off their home page / make a note of the church. Take it along to your group and get people to start praying for the churches. They will be in places you don't know, people you don't know. But every little helps. Also, you can go to the 24/7 prayer website and take off a few of the latest prayer requests on there, and pray for those people. They may be anonymous, but God knows who they are.

Intercession

Get a list of prayer requests for people and write them on sheets of paper on the floor. With dimmed lights and chilled out tunes, get people to lay hands on the pieces of paper (representing laying hands on people who they are praying for). If there's anyone there who physically wants prayer, people could lay hands then and there too.

Somebody at the Door

There are many deliveries in and out of our house - for example we still get milk delivered. We also order stuff off the internet and sell stuff via ebay. So people are coming and going. How about your house or your street? Why not make it a habit to pray for the people that come to your door: from the postman - to the double glazing salesmen - to the paper boy/girl - to the guy doing a leaflet drop.

Prayer Darts

So each number on the dart board has a prayer attached to it. Throw a dart and that's your prayer. If you hit a number that's already been prayed for no problems. If you want to make it easier then divide the board up into fewer sections (say 5 for example). So starting from the top of the darts board going clockwise:

Prayer Section 1 - numbers 20, 1, 18, 4
Prayer Section 2 - numbers 13, 6, 10, 15
Prayer Section 3 - numbers 2, 17, 3, 19
Prayer Section 4 - numbers 7, 16, 8, 11
Prauer Section 5 - numbers 14, 9, 12, 5

I realise you have to be careful, that you don't want to lose focus on the prayers, but hey, it's just an idea so chill.

Musical Prayer

Play a song in the background and get young people to pray over it. Or get them to write musical songs of prayer. Maybe as part of worship lead into a time of praying by singing for general things over a well known tune with words that the Holy Spirit brings to mind. Or plan them. For example, instead of 'I will offer up my life in spirit and in truth' sing 'I will pray to you my God for all my mates' etc. though be more creative and/or specific than this!!

Video Prayer Diary

Get a clip of a whole bunch of the week's news and edit it together. Play it back and pray for each news item as it replays. Put some music over the top and get rid of or turn the TV sound down, depending on the equipment you're able to use.

Encourage a Friend

We have people in our church who are ill or away as missionaries. Maybe get the young people to sit in front of the camera and send them a whole much of encouragement, fun and Bible verses etc. Edit it together, put it on DVD, CD or VHS and send it to the person. Make sure they have the technology to view it!

And Windows XP users, don't just encode CDs with the standard Windows encoding, most computers can't read the CD! Think about the kind of format compression someone else's computer can use. If you don't understand what I mean, get someone who does to do it. Better still, get a Mac.

Computer Prayers

Prayers as background/wallpaper on the computer and/or on a screensaver you may have

Have a prayer wall

In the young people's room and put up prayer needs, answered prayers etc as a visual reference to needs and God's faithfulness. Remove and edit frequently. Metallica may well be a talented band but it's not for the prayer wall, or come to think of it, it is..

Mobile Phone

When you meet with your young people, why not get those who have 'reminders' on their mobile (if they have a mobile) to set a reminder each morning they're at school or college to pray for certain people, perhaps their mates who aren't Christians

Prayer 'business' cards

'Power', 'Prayer', 'Purity' and 'Praise'. Some key words to invigorate your youth ministry! Especially prayer! Avery do these labels (I used C320150-25 which is 200 business cards on matt white inkjet paper. It also has a template Windows-only CD for consumer programmes. I created a template from their drawn template but despite copying it exactly, I had to fiddle around a bit. A way round this is to scan in the drawn template sheet, print it off then use that printed sheet to test printing up the business cards). Other companies do business card designs. The micro-perforated ones are cheaper but have lower quality edging than the clean edge cards. Alternatively get 220gsm paper/card or higher and print onto them and cut out.

We have done little prayer cards for the young people at our youth service. The prayer cards are the same size as business cards and fit in your wallet quite nicely. The size is 85 x 45 mm. They are also quite 'cool' in design. If you haven't got access to a computer you can do business cards in little machines that are dotted around most town and city centres.

A prayer box

There are occasions when people specifically need prayer or need extra prayer when in a difficult situation or needing to make an important decision etc. Why not have a prayer box in the church where people can leave a request for prayer and others can pray for that request. Other options may be having a page on an internet site doing this, or having a telephone line/e-mail address to do this. Or maybe have a prayer board at the back of the church if people don't mind others seeing the prayer request

Newspapers

Give out copies of that day's newspapers (check them first for suitability and edit as required!) Then get the young people to cut out or make a note of certain stories in the news to pray for - regarding suffering, crime, violence, politics etc.

Prayer Stations

We used this once when looking at homelessness and once when looking at the suffering church. Set up different tables/displays around the room and theme each place. You can divide by region if you're doing the suffering church i.e. Europe, Asia, Africa etc. At each table/display have a range of images, stories, maps etc. to enable accurate and specific prayer

Pray for God's people

Why not get hold of a missionary prayer journal and pray for them daily. People in the UK who I know do this are Echoes of Service (brethren missionary organisation), CARE for the family, FEBA Radio, The Message Trust & The Tribe - and many many more! Uphold them in prayer, get your kids praying for them!

The Trash Bin

Microsoft copied the trash bin from Apple, so we know it's a good idea! This is kind of interactive as it involves a computer. It's another twist on the 'dealing with sin' idea. Get the young people to write notes about what they want to clear out of their lives and write it into text documents, word documents etc. Then, save them on the desktop and when everyone is finished, delete them all by sending them to the trash bin on the computer. Last, delete the documents permanently from the trash.

If you've got software like Norton Utilities which is able to recover documents, make sure your computer is secure so that the documents can't be recovered and read by prying eyes! (Use a programme like Disk Lock, password protecting use of your software and system folders)

Prayer Emails

Want to keep young people informed with prayer points regularly? All this depends on your young people having access to email of course. It's better than texting as there's more room to be specific! Or text them anyway!

Media Prayer

If you have access to a laptop or easily movable computer (ie. not necessarily the senior pastor's..) and have Powerpoint or a video editing guru within your ranks, get a series of images, photos etc, relevant to what you're praying about and have very clear words popup on screen giving guidance in prayer. Obviously this depends on the reading ability of your young people, I'm very aware not all can read well

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