I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is Worthy Vessel Leader Kit. Amy Byrd, the author wrote this blog.
From Amy Byrd.
One of the things that I love most about my role as a Director of Girls Ministry is that I have a revolving door of girls sitting in my office or sitting across from me at a coffee shop sharing their hearts, stories and processing life out loud.
I have noticed a theme among them.
They share their hearts.
I ask them simply if they have prayed about it.
And FIVE girls in a row said “I am too overwhelmed about it to pray.”
I found myself in a position to point these girls to the practical practice of prayer.
A quote by J.C. Ryle came to mind:
“Fear not because your prayer is stammering, your words feeble, and your language poor. Jesus can understand you.”
I believe that these girls somehow came to the conclusion that they must have their issues and hearts settled before they went before the Lord in prayer.
That they needed to be able to perfectly communicate.
That they needed to work it out before they surrendered it to God.
That prayer was about them.
Our girls need to know that prayer is not about us going to the Lord with our needs and our wants and our list of woes.
Prayer is not a chatroom to work out our ideas and worries with God.
Instead, prayer is an act of worship and adoration to a God who is worthy!
Prayer is a direct connection between our hearts and the Father.
Prayer is vital in our lives as followers of Jesus.
So, how do we help them practically practice prayer?
I came up with a list of three ways to creatively help my girls practice daily prayer.
1. Write It Down
The first thing that I have done is encourage my girls to begin to journal their prayers. To familiarize themselves with verbalizing what is on their heart. This can be in list form or written as an actual prayer. The sweet part is that they can make it their own. There is no magic formula. This has been found to be super helpful with my middle school girls. They are able to really grab onto it if it is on paper. (That applies to this 27 year old girl as well!)
2. Speak It
It is overwhelming to many of my girls (and many adults that I know) to pray out loud. I get it…because again they feel the pressure to pray well. But, I have found that speaking out loud to the Lord has helped me tremendously in my prayer life. Every day when I get into my car I can be found praying. Again, I remind my girls that this is not about us performing but is more about us humbling ourselves before the Lord and surrendering our hearts to Him through our words.
3. Partner Up
Girls love a good system. I have encouraged several groups of my girls to partner up and pray with and for one another. This is a tremendous help in several ways. One, the girls must verbalize their need for prayer while sharing with their partner. Two, they become more familiar in praying together. Three, they are pushed by their partner to practice daily prayer.
These three ideas are certainly not the only ones around when it comes to engaging our girls to pray; the point is that we have got to be intentional in pointing our girls to pray!
Today on the blog we’ll be giving away one copy of the Worthy Vessel Leader Kit. Enter here or in the form below before 11:59pm CT tonight, January 4, 2017. We will notify the winner within a week via email.