Father vs. Genie Does God Really Hear Me When I Pray? About this Edge Night This Edge Night will focus on the tough question of unanswered prayers. Silence is a stunning blessing, but it can also lead anyone — especially young people — to think God does not hear him or her. This night will help the youth understand that God hears our every prayer, and He answers each of them in His own time. Aside from this, we must always discern whether our petitions are selfish desires or if we authentically pray “Thy will be done”. The night begins with a gathering skit involving a Wish Store. Immediately following the skit there is a small group activity. The Proclaim focuses on the need to pray, God’s desire to give us peace, joy, and love through our prayers, and the challenge to see God more as a Father who gives us what we need according to His will versus an on-demand genie who is granting our every wish. In small groups, the middle school youth will discuss the talk and compose prayers showing openness to God’s will in answering their prayers. Groups will present their prayers as part of the Send during closing prayer. Goal of This Night The goal of this Edge Night is for the middle school youth to come to a greater understanding of how God hears every prayer. Although it may seem like prayers go unanswered, God answers every prayer according to His will. The youth will come to understand the importance of prayer, which draws us closer to God and His will. Catechism # 2664 - 2669 # 2680 - 2681 # 2735 - 2696 YouCat # 477 # 495 # 507 # 508 Scripture Matthew 6:6 Matthew 7:7 -8 Luke 11:1 -13 James 4:3 James 1:5 1 John 1:9 Romans 10:13 1 Thessalonians 5:16 Psalms 23:0 Key Concepts End of Free Preview Thanks for reviewing this Edge Night! If you would like the full verison of this resource please sign in. If you are signed in and still can't download this resource, please contact parish support in the chat below.