Last night I had an incredible time of prayer with my 15-year-old son, Alex and 19-year-old son, Chris. I felt that time of crying out to God together was an answer to prayers from years ago. When I heard Chris praying for revival to break out among the youth and young adults, I realized that I was experiencing a dream come true of advancing the kingdom with my sons.
During that time of intense prayer, we were on equal ground before God. They looked to me for direction in that time of prayer but once I set the pace, they ran. My church has a weekly prayer meeting that attracts hundreds of people every week. From those prayer meetings, I've learned from Pastor Kathy Gray who leads the meeting, how to bring prayer home.
First, I fervently believe that prayer starts at home with me as the parent. The parent must demonstrate that prayer is a priority in the home by letting their kids see them in...
If you haven't guessed by my name I am a teenager. So I think I'm qualified to throw my two cents in. If you watch todays movies teens are made out to be sex crazed, drug addicted demons. That's not really true. See all we really want is for our parents to connect with us. I think (I'm merely speculating here) that parents just have a hard time doing that. For example most teens enjoy rock (I personally like Southern Gospel) and so a parent will sit there and give their teen a royal chewing out (forgetting that they themselves used to enjoy it) instead try sitting down with your teen and ASK (don't demand) why they like it. And then try to discuss an alternative. Take them to a gospel concert or something. Y'know talk about it in a positive light. My point being, try to connect with your kid. There's NO special three step method to praying with your teen.
Steve. That's the problem.... Sunday school. Parents pass the children off to someone else to train there children. Even in conservative churches. You have age segregation. When have you ever worked with a person the same age as you? We set up the churches, to run like the public school system! God gave the COMMAND to Parents, to raise there children up in The Lord. Not a Sunday school teacher.
This is a very important subject, as our conservative Churches are losing far too many youth. Sure we have Sunday school classes on this subject, but Ive noticed it means little when children dont see their parents & fellow Church members praying authentically(as their very next breath depends on it). Parents blame the Pastor, Pastor blames Parents the media and the Synod blames the world WHEN the issue arises. All three are right because these same people who are losing their children, as the marauding barbarians of the world are dragging them away, embrace each other in Church sanctuaries congratulating one another for the worldly success of their progeny.