Talking to God
To teach teens the importance of prayer and suggestions of how they can pray.
For each teen, copies of the Life Auction sheet below.
Pens or pencils.
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the Life Auction sheet
"I tell you the truth, My Father will give you whatever you ask in My
IN THE NAME OF JESUS!
Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete."
Divide the group into teams of three to five people and have at least five
teams for the Life Auction. Give each group auction bidding sheets
to complete. After the teams finish their sheets, begin the bidding
for each item with the leader acting as the auctioneer.
After the auction is over, get the teams to discuss and evaluate the real
spiritual value (if any!) of the items that the group bought on the
Let a member from each team give feedback as to the item(s) they bought
and why they chose it/them. Did they agree on each item, or in
hindsight what would their team rather have spent their money on?
What is Prayer?
Pose the following questions to the teams and after a few minutes get feedback
from the teams. (Prayer is communicating and talking to God).
- What is prayer?
- To whom do we pray?
- Why do we pray?
Things that prevent us from praying and/or receiving answers to our prayers
include the following:
- Unforgiven sin in your heart (Psalm 66:18).
- Unable or unwilling to forgive others (Mark 11:25).
- Discouraged by unanswered prayers.
- The devil discouraging you from praying.
- You don't see prayer as being important.
- Laziness or lack of discipline.
- Not sure of what you should say or ask.
- Noise and/or distractions.
Let the teams discuss these hinderances and then get a member to write on
the whiteboard a problem they face when praying. Where necessary
remind the group that God can answer: "Yes", "Not Now (it's not the right
time)", or "No".
After the list of hinderances to praying and/or receiving answers has been
completed, ask the teams to suggest ways in which these can be overcome and
what helps them to pray and receive answers to their prayers.
Ways of Praying:
Read the following Scripture and then share ways of praying:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in
Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).
- Look In: to your heart and confess every sin.
- Look Up: to God and thank and praise Him that He is God, and for
the prayers He has answered, and for loving you dearly.
- Look Around: and pray for the sick, and for your family, friends,
church, teachers, for those in authority and for the police (1 Timothy 2:1-6).
- Look Back: and thank God for your life and Jesus who saved you.
- Look Forward: and ask God for what you need, to lead and guide you,
for strength to please Him, and thank Him for what He is doing in your life,
and for listening to you, and that He will answer your prayers.
Get the teams to pray together for each other and for specific needs, and
especially that God will work in the hearts and lives of unsaved friends.
Remind them to daily use in their Quiet-times what they have
learnt about prayer.