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.
Edge Night at a Glance
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.