Everyone wants to be heard. But can we be heard by God? It's weird to think about, but it's true - God hears us and wants to hear from us. Do you ever feel a little stumped about prayer -...
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Everyone wants to be heard. But can we be heard by God? It's weird to think about, but it's true - God hears us and wants to hear from us. Do you ever feel a little stumped about prayer - like you keep saying the same things over and over again? Maybe you don't know how to get started. Author Tony Jones will help you do just that - get started. By digging into some prayers of the Bible and the early church, you l see how powerful prayer can be.
Using examples of prayer from "The Message," this tool can help young students learn how to pray through the Scriptures. Jones describes how to approach God in prayer, discusses what prayer actually accomplishes, and moves readers into praying through the Scriptures.
[TYPE TREATMENT ON CERTAIN PHRASES TO CALL THEM OUT.] At school, before you eat, while you drive, in the locker room, at home, eyes open, eyes shut, before the SAT, over the bridge, through the woods, feeding the dog, on the deck, cleaning the john, walking to chemistry class, in the morning, before you sleep, wondering about the world, after the fight, on the way to Grandmas, looking for an answer, because you care, because you dont care, flying across the ocean, on your knees, preferably often, playing guitar, to erase, to remember, when youre happy, when youre scared, when no one else hears, using ancient ideas or new, singing or screaming, writing a letter, at the interview, with or without something to say, to get real, on the date, sacred or irreverent, help! help! help!, loud or soft, at work, floating or sinking, after you fail, after you succeed, hands folded or raised to the sky, with a friend, with your dad, for your friends, for your family, during the game, at the meet, to find Jesus, on the mountaintop, in the valley, when you feel alive, when you feel half-dead, under attack, to attack, at the concert, to reorganize, for composure, to praise, to worship, to just listen, wherever, whenever, however Pray.
The prayers of prophets, apostles, the early and modern church, and even Jesus himself can help young people pray more effectively. ^Author Tony Jones highlights the important features of these powerful prayers so students can really enjoy talking to God.
Tony Jones is presently working on his Ph.D. in Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. Previously he was the minister to youth and young adults at the Colonial Church of Edina in Minnesota for seven years. He has authored five books Postmodern Youth Ministry (YS/Zondervan, 2001); Soul Shaper (YS/Zondervan, 2003); Read.Think.Pray.Live. (NavPress, 2003); Pray (NavPress, 2003), and The Sacred Way. Tony lives in New Jersey with his wife, Julie, and their two children, Tanner and Lily.