(Parents, today’s devotion is material from Elizabeth’s newest book, A Girl’s Guide to Prayer. We pray it blesses you and your tween as you read it together!)
I’m sure you have a handful of girlfriends you love seeing at school or at church. You can’t wait to tell them about every exciting—and crazy and crummy—thing that has happened to you since the last time you talked. It’s so great to have people in your life you can really talk to about the ups and downs in your days.
What is Prayer?
The same is true when you pray. Prayer is not a one-time talk. And it’s not just another opportunity to say “Give me” to God. No, prayer is meant to be an ongoing talk with God— with your Father who is in heaven. It’s like chatting with the best Friend you will ever have. God wants to hear all about you. You can talk to Him about anything, at any time, for as long as you want, and as often as you want.
Learning to Pray
The best way to learn how to pray is, of course, by praying! Lots of things are going on in your life at home, at school, and with your friends. Whatever is on your heart and mind, start talking it over with God. Do what Jesus said and pray as He prayed: Jesus…
What about you? God is waiting and wanting to hear from you. What help do you need from Him? What are your concerns? Write them here and lift them up to God in heaven.
Concern #1 ________________________________________________
Concern #2 ________________________________________________
Concern #3 ________________________________________________
Dear God, I am coming to You with the concerns I have just written down. Help me to become a young woman after Your heart who prays faithfully, just like Jesus did. I love You, Lord! Amen.
NEW RELEASES! A Girl’s Guide to Prayer by Elizabeth George and A Boy’s Guide to Prayer by Jim George—These wonderful resources will help your tween understand what prayer really is, how to pray effectively, and what they can pray for.
Receive a free accompanying devotional with your purchase of these books!
Share the concerns you wrote down with your mom or dad. Ask them to pray about these concerns too this week. Then, be sure to jot down how God helps you and answers your prayers later!
You can talk to God about anything, at any time, for as long as you want, and as often as you want.