We will not hide them from their children; we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. Psalm 78:4 (NRSV)
This generation wants to KNOW how to pray. Why do I think that? Because of these three stories and countless others we’ve received from praying moms. Last month we gave you ideas on teaching your kids to pray. This month we want to encourage you with testimonies from students themselves and others who have reached out to their churches or communities with an even wider influence, drawing kids to pray. I believe this generation is as hungry as we are, maybe more so, to know God and to want to communicate with Him in a powerful way. And they know that prayer works.
Our first story comes from me, personally. My daughter and her friends love to dance. They love to make up dances, create videos and perform. So I organized a two-week Christian dance camp for my daughter and her friends so they could experience dancing to worship music in a way that glorified God. Each day the girls came together and went through the Four Steps of Prayer, read Scripture, then began dance practice. Ranging from 2nd to 7th grade, these seven girls learned about Jesus, how to worship Him in dance, and how to pray.
One day we were running late on time and I was going to end our camp time with a quick prayer. One of the girls raised her hand and said, “Can we pray the Four Steps now?” What a sweet sound to my ears, “Yes, let’s do that!” This coming school year, one of these girls is giving up her fall sports activities to focus on starting “Friends in Prayer” at her elementary school. She wants to share the power of prayer with her friends. #ThisIsWhyWePray
And at Biola University, Students in Prayer is an official club on campus. It all started when Megan, daughter of a Moms in Prayer leader, valued the power of prayer so much that she was led to start a group for her peers on campus. They followed the same Four Steps of Prayer format we use in our Moms in Prayer hour. Her friends and peers were greatly impacted by their hour of prayer and the group kept growing. In fact, Biola was so blessed by the students praying that those who attended Students in Prayer were allowed to use the hour as chapel credit. #ThisIsWhyWePray
Debbie Strobel, Moms in Prayer State Coordinator for Arkansas, was moved to teach the girls in her church the Four Steps of Prayer. She gathered a team of praying moms together and invited the girls to a PJs, Pancakes and Prayer breakfast. The girls showed up in their pajamas, ate a yummy breakfast, made prayer journals and Debbie taught them how to pray the Four Steps of Prayer. The girls listed attributes of God that meant the most to them. Then they looked up Scripture, put their names and their friends’ names in the verses, and prayed out loud together. #ThisIsWhyWePray
Our children are navigating more in this generation than any before. From school, to social, to athletic, to media, they desperately want to pray to their Heavenly Father. We hope these stories encourage you as you impact this next generation with prayer.
Download this Scripture prayer and share with your family and friends (click on the image to the right).
Bonnie Nichols is the daughter of a praying mom and also daughter-in-law to Moms in Prayer Founder Fern Nichols. She and husband Troy’s three adventurers—Josh 15, Mimi 13 and Jack 9—keep her prayer life alive! She has led a Moms in Prayer group for 11 years and knows firsthand how wonderfully God works when moms join together to pray for their children and their teachers and schools. Bonnie loves to encourage moms in their own adventures in motherhood and share the life-transforming power of God to answer their prayers.