Try this simple idea for challenging your youth to be in prayer with one another during the school week.
Chatting with a youth ministry colleague recently, we shared our admiration for those in the Muslim faith who take time each day to stop whatever they are doing and pray. We wondered what it might be like if our teens paused in the middle of their school day and took time to think about their youth ministry brothers and sisters and offered a prayer for them. How could we help them to do that, we asked ourselves.
And here was the idea that came to us: At each Sunday night youth gathering, choose a random day and time in the upcoming week and invite youth to create a calendar alert on their cell phones for that time, including the simple word "pray" as part of the alert. Then, at the determined day and time, perhaps Tuesday at noon, each students' phone lights up with a calendar alert reminding them to stop for just a moment and pray for their friends. It doesn't have to be a long prayer and it can be scheduled at a time when it's okay use cellphones, such as study hall or lunch. If your students are forbidden to use phones at school, arrange the "pray" alerts to happen in the evening or on Saturday.
Anyone out there try anything like this already? Let us know about your experience with cellphone prayer alerts.