Prayer - The Wrong Kind!
A couple of students were praying in their rooms the night before their very first night in youth group. If you could have overheard them, here’s what you would have heard:
Guy: Dear God, I am so excited about youth group tomorrow. I just pray that You would draw me…into the presence…of a hot girl! I just know you’re gonna bring me there and the light’s gonna shine down on that girl. Lord, I know you hear my prayer.
Girl: God, I just pray that at this new youth group, it will be all girls – no stupid boys. Just girls – but no mean girls.
Guy: God, I know that You’ve laid it on my heart to be a missionary…to the females in my youth group. You’ve given me all the love and compassion they need. I thank You for this call, Lord. It’s not an easy call, but I’ll go. Here I am, send me!
Girl: Oh, Lord, I pray that my hair won’t frizz up during youth group…and that everyone will be nice to me…because I hate mean girls….especially mean church girls! And if there are any dumb boys there, and they get any ideas about talking to me, which of course they will, I just pray that they leave me alone.
Guy: God, I just have this sense that tomorrow when I go to youth group, there will be some cute girl there who’s ready for me to minister to hear. Lead me, by Your spirit, to that girl. Your word says that when we need to talk Your spirit will give us the words to say. So I pray that You’d give me the pick-up line from heaven! And I thank You that You’ve blessed me with such a pretty face and a muscular body. The combination of my self Your spirit, no girl can resist. God, you do want me to have a Christian girlfriend, don’t you? So, please point her out to me tonight!”
Girl: And, Lord, don’t let anyone act dumb around me…especially boys looking for cute girls like me at youth group! But if, by chance, it’s Your will for me to meet a boy tomorrow night, that it won’t be a stupid boy….but maybe one of new boys.
Have everyone clap for your vain little prayer warriors!
Written by Danette Matty and Ryan & Liz Underwood (who adlibbed A LOT!)
Corresponding verses – James 4:2b & 3