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Power of Our Words – Prayer

January 30, 2020

GOAL:

 To help youth realize the power of their prayers, and the reality that their prayers are not just powerless words, but carry the authority and power of God.

CONVERSATIONS STARTERS:

Go around the room and have everyone share one high point (best thing) and one low point (worst thing) about this past week

Are you planning on coming to the 780 Conference? Why or why not? Encourage your kids to sign up & join us!

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose and why? How would you use that superpower for good (or for evil)?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

What did you think of the story Spencer told about Peter being locked in prison, and out of nowhere being freed by an angel?

    • If you were Peter and you were locked in a prison for serving God, how would you feel? Would you be okay with it, or a little ticked off that God let you go to prison?
    • Imagine you were Peter, locked in prison, and out of nowhere an angel comes and breaks you out – what would be running through your mind?

Thinking about the second story Spencer told about Jesus before going to the cross and how Jesus prayed that God would take the suffering away (but God didn’t); if you were Jesus in that instant, how would you be feeling? Would you be upset that God didn’t fix the situation?

Do you think prayer is powerful or that it can change things? What makes you think the way you do?

    • Have you ever experienced something cool because of prayer? If so, are you willing to share?

Have you ever prayed and nothing happened? What do you think happens when you pray and God doesn’t answer?

 

During his message, Spencer mentioned how sometimes our prayers can literally change a situation; but sometimes when we pray our situations don’t change – but we change.

    • Do you agree with what Spencer is saying here? In your experience, have you seen prayer change a situation or change you?
    • In your opinion, why do you think our prayers don’t change a situation but instead change us? Why doesn’t God just fix the situation?

In your opinion, what makes our prayers powerful? Why did we (at XLR8) put such an emphasis on the power of prayer?

ACT IT OUT:

. Life can be really tough, and sometimes it can feel like there is nobody around us there to help us; like even God is ignoring us. But the reality is that our words, our prayers, are powerful – they have the power to change our situation, or to change us and help us persevere. 

This week, we want to challenge you all to take 2 minutes every day to connect with God, and simply share how your day has been, and what issues you are struggling with. Ask God to change the situation, and to help you get through the situation; and then trust that no matter what, He’s got your back.

PRAYER TIME:

Ask your group/child if there are any prayer requests or praise reports that they would like to share. Take a moment and pray over all the requests.

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