“What do you want me to do for you?”
“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God- it changes me.” – C.S Lewis
Sometimes I think we underestimate the power of prayer. We are quick to take our problems to God, but are we ready to bring Him our hearts? The last few weeks in junior high youth, we’ve been examining prayer, we invite you to take a look at our journey this far.
First, we looked into the life of Nathaniel. It was during his first meeting with Jesus that we noticed something extraordinary. Jesus knew Nathaniel before he even had the chance to introduce himself face to face. Astounded that he was known by someone he thought was a stranger, Nathaniel asked, “How do you know me?”. Jesus responded, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you…” – John 1:48 . Previous to meeting Jesus, Nathaniel was spending time in prayer under a fig tree. There was no one there, but him and God. This was Nathaniel’s quiet, safe place to present his heart to the Father. Immediately, Nathaniel knew Jesus was the Messiah, because no one except God shared the intimacy of the fig tree. Like Nathaniel, God sees us when we are in our quiet place. God hears us, and by this, he knows us. How great is it that we have a God who looks down on us and says, “I saw you”. We can rest assured that wherever we go and whenever we cry out, God sees us, and He hears our heart’s cries.
Our second week in our prayer series lead us to the story of a blind man, Bartimaeus. One day as he was begging on the street, Bartimaeus cried out the Jesus to have mercy on him. Jesus stopped in his tracks, looked at the poor, blind man and uttered the words, “What do you want me to do for you?”.
“What do you want me to do for you?” -Jesus
Bartimaeus, of course, asked for sight. Was it not obvious to Jesus that he wanted to see? Sometimes we think our problems are so obvious, that God already knows the things we need & we don’t need to waste our breath asking him. Of course God knows our burdens, but he longs for us to come to him with our hearts. He longs for conversation, for relationship. So we asked the question, “If Jesus was standing before you, saying the words, ‘What do you want me to do for you”, what would your answer be?”. The response from teens was overwhelming…
These cue cards represent the heart concerns of our teens. We encourage people to leave a prayer and take one. This allows us to partner with one another. Our motto around here is “Because we Care”… What better way to care, then to pray?!
And we ask you to pray for us too! Pray for these teens and their heart concerns, pray for us as we lead them. Pray for those lost around Central Alberta trying to find a place to connect and feel loved. Pray that God would stay the center of it all.
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