In his book “Prayer,” Tim Keller writes, “Prayer is faith become audible.” Spending time with our friends who have disabilities often teaches us much about prayer. We learn that there is more than one way to communicate with God. We learn how simple it can be to engage with and worship God through prayer. At a recent event, one of our friends was asked to pray with the leadership team before they went on stage. Our friend prayed, “Jesus, I love you and I believe in you.” It was a simple prayer, and yet so profound.
Not everyone has the confidence to pray on stage or has the use of verbal communication. We have often wondered how we might better encourage our friends with varying abilities to communicate with God.
• Each participant is given a sheet of paper, or a journal.
• First, everyone writes their name on the page. For some, a leader or friend may act as their scribe.
• Next, each person is asked to write down something for which they would like prayer. It could be prayer for a friend or a family member, a personal need, or a praise.
• Once everyone has their sheet filled out, the pieces of paper are collected and then re-distributed randomly amongst the circle.
• Then, start a group prayer around the circle, just like you would in many other Bible studies. Each person in the circle should pray for what is on the sheet of paper they received. Some prayers will be long; some may be as simple as, “Lisa… Mom.. Amen.”
And, you know what’s really beautiful? Knowing that Jesus hears and understands every one of our prayers!
This blog was originally posted on YL Capernaum Everywhere on November 21, 2017. Reposted with permission from YL Capernaum.