You & God: Your guide to a mighty prayer life
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Help 11-14s start praying with You & God. This journal-style prayer resource helps young people pray for every aspect of their lives. It encourages them to pray in different ways, listen to God and see when God has answered prayer.
This is a book written for young people aged 11-4 to use individually. It is available direct from Scripture Union or from Christian bookstores. The book is written as a series of 70 ‘prayer stops’, each stop lasting around ten minutes. The idea is that the young person takes ten minutes per day to pray and to use a prayer stop to help focus their prayers.
The 70 prayer stops are broken into ten different themes:
There are also some ‘backtrack’ stops which help the person to reflect on their last week’s prayers.
Whilst written for young people to use alone, this could easily be adapted into a teaching series for a youth group by using the ten themes, and the six prayer stops connected to each.
The book is aimed at young people, aged 11-14, who want to develop a more meaningful prayer life. The material is probably most useful to the younger end of this age range.
The book is easy to use and well presented to appeal to a 11-14 year old. It takes the form of a journal and encourages the person to write in it, drawing pictures, making notes and writing their own prayers. There are things to do, things to think about and ideas to talk to God about.
The book is promoted as ‘your guide to a mighty prayer life' and throughout it is clear that connecting with God is essential to make the most of your life.
There are no leader's notes specifically but it is very easy to take the chapters' outlines and make into a helpful course of 10 sessions on prayer.
It needs to be led by youth leaders who know their young people well so they can best help them connect with the material and to help individuals think through which ways of praying may best suit their style and personality.
The book could be given to each participant to use. It is a useful, spiral-bound book and would be a good record of the course and material learnt.
There is no digital material which this book.
In order to run this as a course, it would require some preparation as the leader would need to read the six prayer stops on each subject and piece them together to make one useful session. This is straightforward for an experienced leader, but a less experienced leader may need to take more time.
There is no website support.
The resource is written to be used alone by an individual so any group interaction would need to be created.
There is a good variety of tasks to do, questions to consider and ideas to pray, but it is aimed at the young person who is happy to spend ten minutes alone and reflecting on issues.
The writer realises that all young people are different and is careful to write the material to cater for different personalities and experiences. As a result, this should work well with most young people.
There is no expectation that this material would be used with others, however it does lend itself to being a good series on the subject of developing a prayer life.
All the prayer stops are focused around themes from the Bible and there are plenty of references to help the young person realise that the teaching is based on Scripture and not merely human wisdom.
Whilst there are many Biblical references included, there are not so many passages actually written out in the material. There is a danger that the young person might skip over the references instead of taking time to open their Bible, as the summary of the reference may seem sufficient.
The author uses biblical references to help the young person to grow in understanding of who they are in Christ, how they can live as God wants them to in the world and to love those around them.
This is a very practical book to help young Christians be more confident in their relationship with God, and to stand up for him in the world as a result.
This book is very helpful at showing young people that prayer should be a fun discipline, to be practiced regularly.
Anyone who works through this book will grow in their faith as they encounter God more through different ways of praying.
The material focuses on helping the individual get to know God better through prayer and to pray for those around them.
There are specific prayer themes to help the person focus on those around them and the experiences they may have had, both good and bad, including bullying, friendships and falling out with someone.
The material has prayer stops on evangelism and praying for friends to come to faith. There is also a prayer stop on preparing what you would say to explain your faith to someone who asks.
This is not an area explored specifically.
The book has a theme on ‘you meets world' although this tends to refer to the immediate ‘world' of the young person rather than the global world.
It does not touch on this subject specifically.