The 12 P's of Prayer
What else, on this day of "p's" . . . but pizza? Make it pepperoni!
Print out one set of
"P's" for each student - see below
Poster paper and
is simply talking with God. No, you don't hear His answers . . . but you can
see, feel and experience them in your personal life.
prayer is at the heart of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It's as
important as eating, drinking, breathing and sleeping.
better your prayer life, the better your life tends to go all around. You
understand yourself and your challenges better. You understand other people
at least once a day, and better yet, throughout each day, is a great way to help
you stay calm and focused. You can face the future with the confidence of
knowing God, despite life's worst storms and toughest circumstances.
get started making prayer an important part of your everyday life, get into the
habit of bedtime prayer and mealtime graces. Then you are praying four times a
day. It's great practice!
a good idea to memorize a couple of prayers, such as the Lord's Prayer (Matthew
6:9-13). That's enough for most times when you are a child.
somewhere in those "tween" years between childhood and adulthood, when your own
identity is coming forward and you are dealing with things on your own instead
of always handing your problems over to your parents and teachers, it's time
for the individual to develop a personal prayer life that's just between the
individual and God.
Keeping this conversation going for days, weeks, months
and years - with more time spent listening than talking -- makes the
communication with God richer, deeper and more powerful.
bad things happen or you have big questions for God, it's a lot easier to talk
to Him because you know how to do it on a regular, daily basis, than if you
only call on Him once in a blue moon, under great stress.
He's a great guy - the greatest - and you really ought to get to know Him. How
do you get to know anybody? You talk to them. So to get to know God, you pray.
Prayer's the perfect way!
OK, so let's get started. Make a poster of these. Here's a list of "p"
words to Post on
your wall or Put in your Bible to remind you of all the good things that prayer Provides:
Personal intimacy and deeper
relationship with Jesus Christ
Perspective on God's personality
Positive faith attitude - knowing you
can trust Him
Purifying process in your heart -
recognizing your own sin and, hopefully, preventing it
Passion for obedience
Pressures get smaller
Provision for your needs
Proof that God listens, based on how
He comforts you and answers your prayers
Pathway for your spiritual growth
Power for your witness to others
Productivity in your entire life
Here are some P's that you
can print out, cut out, and use in your poster:
P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P
P P P P P P P P P
P P P P P P P P P