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What Should I Pray About?

What Should I Pray About by Jim and Elizabeth George(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…

…prayed all the time for all things, and so can you.
…prayed faithfully and sincerely, and so can you.
…prayed for God’s people, and so can you.


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 GeorgeThese wonderful resources will help your tween understand what prayer really is, how to pray effectively, and what they can pray for.

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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.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.

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