Last month, Hope’s high school youth dove into a three-week series on prayer. We discussed how prayer is not about the words you say, but about who you are praying to! After discussing the importance of prayer, the youth were challenged to put what they learned to action.
After Palm Sunday service, fifteen youth went door-to-door in our community taking prayer requests. Many were nervous asking complete strangers to share their thoughts and struggles. After taking each request, they were challenged to take a moment and pray out loud with each person.
I asked the youth what they were expected and why they went on the prayer walk.
- “I thought it was a nice thought but that most people wouldn’t respond positively” -- Noah Weitzel
- “I went on the prayer walk to get out of my comfort zone” – Alexis Wood.
Now, I was very nervous myself. I had done this in other places but wasn’t sure how our community would react.
- “The willingness of people was amazing!” – Noah Weitzel
- “It was extremely awkward.” – Alexis Wood
- “After you go to the first door, it becomes easy. You don’t even really think about it anymore. You just go and do it.” –Joanna Kirkendoll
As the youth went door to door,
- “We found many who were new to the area and looking for a church. I was able to invite them to service.” – Wyatt Pickens
- “The prayer walk was a fantastic experience. We got to step out in faith and reach out to the community.” – Simon Nugent
We were able to reach out to our community, show them the love of God, and show them that we care and are here for them. It was amazing watching our youth go out and see what it really means to be Christians, to go out and spread God’s word, to actually listen to people’s problems, and to actually reach out a helping hand to our community.
So would you do it again?
- “Yes, how about next week?” – Joey Sakowski
Colossians 4:3-4 says, “And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.”
Prayer requests from neighborhood youth prayer walk included: family sickness, Amy’s father who is moving, a niece in Denver with cancer, safety for our schools, for a healthy baby on the way, Daryl and family, for hope, a sick grandmother, a daughter with twins, peace and comfort, Hrabba, a foreign exchange student with medical issues, people new to the community, and for an easy transition.