Lord Help Me
Prayer of Petition
Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this Edge Night is to introduce prayers of petition to the middle school youth. This night will give the youth an opportunity to spend some quiet time in prayer and teach them how to keep a prayerful heart throughout day.
About this night
The topic of this night is Prayer of Petition. When we ask God for something, we are connecting with Him on a very personal level. Petition is a form of prayer where we state or needs and ask for God’s help. We ask for those things we need spiritually (grace, forgiveness) and physically (healing in sickness, food when hungry). An important aspect of petitioning the Lord for our needs is being open to His will in our lives. God desires to give us good things, but we must trust that God knows what is best for us. There will also be a chance to discuss our Catholic belief in the saints and how they intercede for us.
The night will begin by having the youth play an icebreaker. The three characters used in the icebreaker will represent how we sometimes approach God in our prayers of petition. The Proclaim will process the icebreaker as well as break open the theme of the night on prayers of petition. At the end of the Proclaim, the youth will be given the opportunity to approach the front of the room and choose an item brought by the Core Team (see “Before The Night”). Once they have chosen an item, they will simply hold on to it and take it with them to their small groups. During small groups, the youth will discuss the main points of the Proclaim. They will answer some questions about the night and use the items they chose at the beginning of the night as part of their prayer in small groups. The closing prayer will give the youth the opportunity to present their prayers to God.
Before the Night
Each Core Member should bring five to ten items they use on a daily basis. For example: a watch, brush, pen, safety pin, keys, gum, a book, tissue, etc. Make sure to have one item available for each youth at the Edge Night. The youth minister can bring items in from his/her office if more items are needed.
During tonight’s Edge session, we discussed prayers of petition and intercession. This is one way to help us grow in our relationship with Christ. We talked about how important it is to come before God and ask Him for those things we need. This helps us to realize how much we need God. Our Scripture verse for the night was Luke 11:9-13, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened…” We must learn how to ask God for those things we need and trust that He knows what is best for our lives. Each week we are reminded of the importance of intercessory prayer at Mass during the Prayers of the Faithful. Just as we ask God for the things we need, we can intercede for others and the things they need.
Here are some discussion points and questions:
- What did you learn about prayers of petition?
- Share your prayer intentions with your child.
- Ask your child what he/she need prayers for this week and let him/her know you will lift up those prayers to God the same way Mary and the Saints do.
The environment for the night will be a “Saint’s Academy.” Either print out pictures of saints or have Core Members bring statues and/or icons from home. With each picture or statue/icon, have a poster with the following: “Saint ______, pray for us.” (If possible, you could also have pictures of saints on a slideshow projected at the front of the room.)
• Post It Notes
• Pens / Pencils
• Large Cross
• Five to ten items broughtfrom home by each Core Member
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