We just completed the prayer covenant for teens prayer card. It reads, Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your grace that has made me one of your dearly loved children.
Prayer Card for Teens
Help me love you with my whole heart.
Empower me to love others the way you love me.
I repent of my sin. Create in me a clean heart.
Help me praise you with all that is within me.
Jesus, I choose to follow you as my Lord. Change me any way you want.
Fill me with the power of your Holy Spirit.
Make me an instrument of your grace, truth, forgiveness, righteousness and justice.
Use me for your glory and to invite others to follow you.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
The new teen card will be available soon to order or download free of charge. You might encourage your teen to begin praying the prayer covenant for ten days. Although this prayer can be prayed in under a minute, don’t rush. Whatever one’s age, it is important to approach prayer with expectation and wonder, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you. Take time to simply Listen. As one writer put it, sometimes He whispers, sometimes He roars. He often speaks to us through His word, in a still small voice. But if we are hurried or always talking, we miss out. Take time to meditate on the memory verse–try and understand its meaning to you personally. Praying Scripture is also a rewarding prayer strategy.
Our regular readers know that grace is foundational to the Prayer Covenant. It is unmerited. Jesus, God’s only Son, innocent, blameless, holy, pure–was sent to be slaughtered on our behalf–dying on a cruel cross. We remember the two criminals suffering this same fate, both guilty of crimes worthy of their punishment. One mocked and hurled insults at Jesus, But the other recognized his own unworthiness, “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, but this man has done nothing wrong.” “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Jesus – The Epitome of Grace
Jesus while suffering an agonizing death, ignored the scoffer, but responded with profound grace and mercy to the one calling out to Him in sorrow and humility.
Jesus was the epitome of grace. “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” Why else would He have endured the torture and humiliation of the cross?
Share with a teen in your life Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer…” The repentant criminal cried out to Jesus, and Jesus answered.