Our Go!Devo (short for devotional) is designed to help teens jumpstart their prayer life. It’s easy to tell young people to go pray; it’s harder to teach them how to pray. Our Go!Devo is a series of reflections on Scripture that is designed to not only introduce our students to the Bible, but more importantly teach them how to encounter Christ in the scriptures.
We suggest taking time with these short Devo’s and consider using a form of prayer called A.R.R.R (like the pirate sound). Below is a step by step introduction to praying with A.R.R.R
First we need to take notice of what is moving in our hearts, particularly at the deepest level. This is hard sometimes because we live in a culture that encourages us to numb certain feelings, yet there is not one movement in your heart that God isn’t interested in. We have to first acknowledge what is going on in our hearts – even if it is as simple as being tired, hungry, happy, etc.
1) What emotions/desires are found in your heart right now?
2) What over the last few hours/days/weeks/years have caused that to dwell in your heart?
Second, we relate the movements in our heart to God in prayer. This is where the ‘you talk to God’ part comes in. It could feel messy and confusing, but that’s ok. Be Authentic. Share your heart as it is. Don’t try to just relate to Him what you think He wants to hear.
1) Take time to share this emotion with Jesus. Trust that he not only hears you, but also understands you and wants you to talk with him. Feel free to write your prayer down.
Third, we listen and receive whatever He desires to give us in response to what we shared. When we fully share and relate our hearts to God, it naturally disposes us to receive and listen. This takes time and learning how to hear His voice in your life. In our culture, we have a tendency toward the immediate, but we have to learn the importance of waiting (there are lessons for us in the ‘ache of the wait’).
Last, we respond to what we just received, which is typically a natural movement, not something forced or burdensome. The response naturally flows from what God has given us in prayer. Be careful not to make up a response because it is the ‘holy’ or ‘pious’ thing to do. The response shouldn’t be ‘forced’ by us.
1) What is the Lord asking you to do now?
2) What are some steps you can take to make this happen?