By Mark Yaconelli
'You recognize the truth: children shouldn't have a lot downtime of their lives. among institution, extra-curricular actions, jobs, buddies (and adolescence group!), scholars nowadays slightly have adequate time to do everything they should do in an afternoon. it truly is no ask yourself that quiet, reflective time in prayer with God isn't excessive on their precedence checklist. With years of expertise aiding adolescents come across God in quiet, contemplative methods, Mark Yaconelli offers you the instruments and insights had to aid teenagers comprehend why and the way to wish, and to lead them in the direction of a lifetime of prayer. you will discover a number of prayer routines during this booklet, according to the praying culture of the Christian church, in addition to directions that can assist you introduce the prayers to scholars. not just are there explorations of classical equipment of prayer that contain silence, solitude, and scripture, yet you will additionally observe newer types of prayer that use inventive media, song, writing, flow, and acts of compassion. As you support kids convey prayer into their daily lives, your scholars will locate that they lengthy for these instances after they can step clear of all of it and locate relaxation and luxury in God.'
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As the facilitator of the group, I invited us to hear the daily Scripture, followed by 10 minutes of silent meditation and then we would close the time by reciting the Lord’s Prayer together. I read the Scripture, we sat in silence, and then I started to lead the group in the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Our daily bread, our kingdo…” I’ve led churches and groups in reciting the Lord’s Prayer hundreds of times, but for some reason I messed up the second line—“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done”—causing the whole group to stumble.
The souls of your students rest in God. When we invite young people to pray, we are inviting them to make contact with the deep swells and tides within their own souls. Prayer, for the most part, is simply allowing kids to slow down and notice the life of God within them. Downtime: Helping Teenagers Pray Within the mystical tradition one of the images of how God comes alive in us is the story of young Mary bearing Jesus from her own body out into the world. In a similar way God seeks to be born within the heart of every young person.
When we finally regained our composure, someone sighed and said, “Dear God, thank you for the laughter and for the lesson in humility. ” 47 This is the trust and honesty I needed as a young person in prayer. And it is the same truthfulness, humility, and faith we seek to embody every time we say to kids, “Let us pray…” Q Downtime: Helping Teenagers Pray Take out some crayons or colored pens and paper. In prayerful quiet ask the Holy Spirit to help you create an image of what is taking place when you pray with young people.