Prayer and Spiritual Warfare – A Lesson for Teens

 

Ice breaker: Back to Back

This is the game where you start out with two people sitting back to back and they have to stand straight up without using their hands. Add one person every time they stand up successfully. Our record is ten! The students will be amazed at how it works!

Ecclesiastes 4:9 For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart

The Point: This is a great game for showing students what teamwork can do. It would be nearly impossible to accomplish this by oneself.

Prayer Requests & Prayer

Divide up – teens with adults

 

Play First Portion of Prayer Request

Psalm 51:1-4 Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your loving-kindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak And lameless when You judge.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xm2_sYHe6o

What’s your impression of this prayer request?

What’s your first impression of David?

Have you ever felt that way?

Of the people who prayed for him?

What’s different about that and the way we pray?

What’s your expectation as to what might happen next?

Play Second Portion of Prayer Request

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xm2_sYHe6o

What did the tone of his voice say, from the very beginning?

Have you ever experienced something like this before?

Why do you think we don’t see this more often?

Is there something about writing?

Is there something about story telling?

Play Response To Prayer Request and talk about Spiritual Warfare

John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b64Xz9QWb44

Why do you think he wanted the prayer request to not be played?

Did God fail him?

Did he fail himself?

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

What is the difference between what Satan has to offer and what God has to offer?

Satan takes life.

Jesus came to give it back to us.

Do you have abundant life right now? Do you have to wait for Heaven?

Abundant life does not equal Happy life. You have no idea what it is until you find it. But once you’ve found it, you will have no doubt as to what it is.

Another Response