The teen years can be hard ones! But one thing that can help you navigate those years is prayer!  James 4:8 says, “Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.”

HOW TO PRAY TEEN STYLE:  Don’t worry. You don’t have to do anything special to connect with God and pray. Here are five simple tips to help you get your prayer life off the ground!
1. JUST SAY HELLO:  It’s as easy as saying “hi”. God says, “If you call to me, I will answer you.” (Jer. 33:3) You don’t have to use fancy words, or sit in a special position. God is ready to meet you right where you are, whenever you want! If you can, just pause for a few minutes, whether it’s in your bedroom, or sitting in your car, and just tell the Lord you’re ready to talk. You can tell Him about your day, the trouble you’re working through and ask for His help, or just hang out.
2. TURN OFF THE WORLD:  The tv is on, music is blaring, your phone is buzzing with text messages and you have 10 messages waiting for you on facebook. These things pull on our time and energy so much!  But the truth is, it’s hard to connect to God when you are plugged in to everything else! So, turn off the tv, set aside the internet, turn off your phone’s ringer (and even the vibrating) and set aside all electronics for 15 minutes and just sit quietly and wait for God. If 15 minutes seems like an eternity, start with 5 minutes! God will meet you there.
3. OPEN HIS SECRET NOTE TO YOU: What? He wrote me a secret note? It’s called the bible! Whether you read one on paper, or check out one on an app, He can speak to you!  Don’t even know where to start? Check out the You Version Holy Bible app! It’s free! You can download reading plans and read a few verses each day. Before you read it, ask God what He wants to say to you through it.
4. DON’T WORRY ABOUT BEING PERFECT:  Surprise! Surprise! God knows exactly who you are and loves you no matter what! So many times we think we need to change before we can meet with God, but the truth is, God meets us wherever we are. If you have sins in your life, confess them to God as simply as saying, “I’m sorry for…” and ask God to help you do better next time. But remember, that God doesn’t expect you to be perfect. He just wants you to come!

By Shae Katagi.  Shae is a 12-year- old girl who has to go through the same middle school troubles as everyone, but she is grateful that she has God to help her through these years. She loves to read, write, draw, and play sports. She loves hanging out with friends and playing outside. But most of all, she loves Jesus.  Click here to read Shae’s blog post!


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