Today we launched a new program at our church called "Pray for Me." It is a program where adults that are willing, sign up to be prayer champions. Then on the designated kick off Sunday, the kids come up to one of the waiting adults and ask,
"Will you pray for me?"
It's so simple, but many of the kids seemed to struggle with it. Kids that are not normally shy, hesitated and became nervous when faced with this task of asking an adult to pray for them...an adult that had already committed to pray. Even when it's a sure bet, we still hesitate and doubt ourselves and our value sometimes. What terrible lies the voices in our heads tell us.
In this particular situation, it was a guaranteed "yes" response. The kids just needed to ask. It's an interesting perspective in that the child or teenager was asking the adult for prayer. It is a very vulnerable spot to be in...and one that we don't often emphasize in faith building situations. Most often it seems the adult is seeking the child. Child, come to this with me. Child, go to that meeting/group/club. In Pray For Me, the situation is reversed. That is a good thing. It's teaching our kids to take the initiative in their faith, to own it themselves, to learn to understand it themselves.
Pray for Me is also an amazing opportunity to really learn the power of praying for another person. I cannot adequately explain that idea, so I'll share the kick off sermon from this morning here. Good stuff. Check it out.
How can I pray for you? I'd love for you to let me know in the comment section.
Make it a beautiful day, friends.
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