Youth Prayer Ideas
Praying in the Park. This is a great time of year to take a group of kids or youth on a prayer walk in the park. Lead them in prayer for their city, neighborhoods, schools, friends, church, pastor, children of the world, etc. If there are people in the park, two or three of the children or youth (with adult supervision) could approach them explaining they have gathered together for prayer and inquire if they have a special request or need for prayer. Encourage them to pray for/with people immediately or, if they are a little shy, take the requests back to the group to be prayed over.
Knocking on Doors. When knocking on doors for evangelism purposes, instead of introducing yourself as a member of your church, have a clip board in hand and tell them that you are out praying for your city, one area at a time. Ask them if they have a special need or prayer request. Almost without fail, they will give you a request and then ask what church you are from. Take the request back to prayer group, pray over it and follow up with a card that lets them know that you prayed for their specific need (ex. “Dear Joan, we wanted to let you know that we prayed for Sally”).
Hospital Prayer List. This is a great idea to reach hurting people. Check with area hospitals and get permission to put a prayer request book in the waiting room with the church name, address and phone number printed on it. Designate someone to pick up the book each week and have the church pray over it.
Prayer Crowd Breaker. Divide your group into teams. Give each team a piece of paper and a pen. In five minutes have each team write down as many prayer requests that they can think of. (ex. Lost family members, healings, church growth, pastor, etc.) At the end of five minutes count the requests and award a prize to the winning team. Then copy the prayer list and distribute them to the team members and have them pray over the list for the week.
Yearly Prayer Calendar. Establish a personal prayer calendar to help develop a broad spectrum of prayer. (For example, during the month of January focus on repentance, cleansing and fresh direction. For the month of September, focus prayers on children and young people going back to school.)
Stand in for a Missionary. Each person holds a placard with the missionary’s name and information. He/she comes to the front and tells about his/her work. Find a list of all UPCI missionaries at http://www.upci.net/missionaries/search/index.asp or http://www.upci.net/missionaries/posters/
Excerpted from the World Wide Network of Prayer at www.upci.org