We're Teaching This:
We're kicking off a new 2 week series all about Prayer.
Talking to some people is easy. You feel like you can talk to them about anything. But you probably also know people who just seem to make you a little nervous when you have to talk to them. You always feel you say something wrong or they are never impressed. No matter who it is, you choose your words carefully when you talk to that person because you don’t want to mess things up.
And if we’re honest, prayer can feel a lot like that. The whole idea of it makes us a little nervous. We wonder if we sound silly. We try to use just the right words but we aren’t sure we’re doing it right. And often, we are tempted to back away from prayer because it just feels awkward. But what if talking to God was never meant to be that way? What if talking to God was supposed to feel more like chatting with a good Friend than making an impressive speech?
During this series, we’re going to take a look at what Jesus said prayer is and isn’t. And as we do, you may just find yourself wanting to lay down the formalities, relax and have some real talk.
Tonight's Bottom Line: Prayer REAL TALK to a REAL GOD who wants to be a REAL DAD to us
Maybe you already pray regularly for your student and your family. Maybe the whole idea of prayer seems a little awkward to you (and that’s okay!). No matter what your starting place, everyone can take one step forward when it comes to prayer.
This week, try taking your prayers for your student to the next level by choosing one of the options below.
- Pray for your student. You think about them all the time. This week, try turning those thoughts into prayers. Even if you aren’t sure about God or church or religious things, just give it a try. It can’t hurt.
- Tell them you prayed for them. Maybe you pray for your student all the time, but they have no idea. This week, encourage your student by praying for them and then shooting them a text message letting them know you did.
- Pray out loud for them. The idea of praying out loud can be a little intimidating for anyone. But the benefits often outweigh our nerves. If you already pray for your student regularly, ask them how you can pray for them this week and try doing so out loud. A great place to pray for them is in the car on the way to school (just don’t close your eyes!) Knowing that you’re praying for them and hearing you pray can mean a lot to your student as he or she faces the challenges of the day—even if they never tell you!
No matter what your “next step” is, set a reminder in your phone to take that step this week. You may be surprised by the way prayer benefits your student and yourself.
- What's the scariest/weirdest thing about prayer to you?
- What do you tend to pray about most?
- What did you learn/re-learn about prayer tonight? Did it help with your biggest fear/concern?
- What does it mean that Jesus said we should pray, "Our Father"?
- What is something you'd like to pray about this week? Can we pray about it together?
- Parent: Share your journey with how you've thought about prayer through the years.
- As a Family: Pray for an increased awareness of how important prayer is AND for more dependence and more disciples at Northridge Church!