The other day, an individual came into the office and asked: How do I pray? Before I could even answer, a co-worker and close friend said:
Begin with the Lord’s prayer. After each line of the prayer, stop and visualize what this part of the prayer means to you. For example, after saying the first line, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,” you might stop and reflect on what the name of God means to you. Is God’s name masculine or feminine? Loving or consoling? General or specific?
Moving on to, “Thy Kingdom come,” what does the kingdom of God look like to you? How do you imagine the realm of God in today’s world?
Simply move through each line of the prayer.
I’ve found this to be not only a helpful prayer exercise for me, but also the youth I work with. As we begin yet another school year, this might be a good way to help your youth become intentional about praying.