This week’s talk was on why and how we should pray. We decided to break up into two groups for the discussion time and since there were an equal number of boys and girls (usually boys are outnumbered at least 3 to 1 at anything God-related), we decided to segregate them. I started my group (men) with the question of whether or not you’d ever prayed and to my surprise, mostly because of their honesty, two of them said no and another said not really. They then proceeded to discuss whether or not God answers prayers, what kind of prayers God will answer and how long you have to pray before God answers a prayer (apparently if you’re praying for a car they decided you’d have to pray 3 times a day for 9 years).
In the process of discussing this M (the druggie) pulled out a small booklet I gave him last week called Why Jesus, a basic explanation of our need for Jesus and how to have a relationship with him. Using the prayer for salvation as an example, he started teaching the others how to pray. In the process he got two other guys in the group excited about the book and they asked for a copy as well.
We ended the discussion praying out loud together very simply with prayers such as “God thanks for tonight” and “God please give me a car” but everyone in our groups prayed and felt comfortable with it (even the 14 year old daughter of our housekeeper that was in Hannah’s group and those who had never prayed before). We then had everyone draw a name out of a hat and gave them the option to pray for that person this week. All in all, tonight was really encouraging and we saw several sign of people wanting to change and grow closer to God. At one point one lady even said the whole point of this is to change.
Thanks for you prayers and please continue to pray for the people involved in this course. We are also planning a day long retreat July 20th and please pray that people would be able to come.
p.s. 5 points if you can tell me the song, album and band the title of the post is from