Father vs. Genie

Does God Really Hear Me When I Pray?

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this Edge Night is for the middle school youth to come to a greater understanding of how God hears every prayer. Although it may seem like prayers go unanswered, God answers every prayer according to His will.  The youth will come to understand the importance of prayer, which draws us closer to God and His will.

About this night

This Edge Night will focus on the tough question of unanswered prayers. Silence is a stunning blessing, but it can also lead anyone — especially young people — to think God does not hear him or her. This night will help the youth understand that God hears our every prayer, and He answers each of them in His own time. Aside from this, we must always discern whether our petitions are selfish desires or if we authentically pray “Thy will be done”.  The night begins with a gathering skit involving a Wish Store. Immediately following the skit there is a small group activity. The Proclaim focuses on the need to pray, God’s desire to give us peace, joy, and love through our prayers, and the challenge to see God more as a Father who gives us what we need according to His will versus an on-demand genie who is granting our every wish. In small groups, the middle school youth will discuss the talk and compose prayers showing openness to God’s will in answering their prayers. Groups will present their prayers as part of the Send during closing prayer.

Parental Notice

God hears our every prayer. It may not always seem this way, but we must trust in Jesus and have patience. Today, the youth learned that prayer is not about wishes being granted. Actually, it is about aligning our will with the Father and being embraced by his love. All prayer intentions should submit to “Thy will be done”. Following are some discussion questions:

  • When we feel like prayers are unanswered, do we look for a way God might have answered it that we do not see? Are we patient about an answer?
  • What are some ways God has answered prayer in our family?
  • How can we make sure our family prayer intentions submit to the will of God and not self-centered desires?

Environment

Create a Wish Store at the front of the room. This will also be the set for your opening skit. If possible, have the youth minister and/or salesperson from the skit dress as a magician or wizard. Set up a desk or table with a cash register and signs labeling each type of wish: Tiny Wish, Little Wish, and Big Wish. Have signs that say Sale, 50 percent off, clearance, etc. Decorate the area with various items pertaining to wishing, such as a pool with pennies, a genie lamp, rabbit’s foot, wishbone, etc.

Supplies List

  • Poster Board
  • Markers or Crayons
  • Paper
  • Pencils or Pens
  • Items for Enviroment
  • Copies of The Wish Store Skit

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