Youth sermon on prayer

  • Prayer, Prayer, Prayer Contributed by Ronnie Smith on Jul 8, 2005

    Prayer – Prayer – Prayer Romans 12:1-12

    · What is more important Giving or Praying? The answer is praying because when we pray we will give.
    · How could we ever go to school and take our test, yet never read or meditates? Lives test ate much hard

    Prayer – Prayer – Prayer Romans 12:1-12

    · What is more important Giving or Praying? The answer is praying because when we pray we will give.
    · How could we ever go to school and take our test, yet never read or meditates? Lives test ate much harder then any schoolbook test.
    · God is …read more

  • Prayer, Prayer And Prayer Contributed by Daniel J. Little on Jan 2, 2012

    The importance of prayer as taught and modeled by Jesus and His many disciples who have gone before us. — 31 prayer quotes

    Prayer, Prayer and Prayer
    Pastor Dan Little
    The Landmark Church
    Binghamton, NY 13901

    [email protected]


    Matthew 6:9-13
    9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
    10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in …read more

  • Prayer Series Contributed by David Yarbrough on May 20, 2002

    Four examples of prayer from the early church.

    Intro: A bus driver and a minister were standing in line to get into heaven. The bus driver approached the gate and St. Peter said, “Welcome, I understand you were a bus driver. Since I’m in charge of housing, I believe I have found the perfect place for you. See that mansion over the hilltop? It’s …read more

  • Prayer Contributed by Kevin Mayberry on Apr 17, 2002

    Prayer is essential to Christian life

    Síocháin agus Dia Dhuit,God to you and peace,

    In the Catechism,2774,the Church tells us that:

    prayer is a vital necessity.Proof from the contrary
    is no less convincing:if we do not allow the Spirit to lead us,we fall
    back into the slavery of sin.


    I say,then:live …read more

  • Prayer Series Contributed by Troy Borst on May 31, 2001

    A series of sermons using “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard Foster. A top 10 book for any Christian’s bookshelf.

    LUKE 11:1

    Of all the spiritual disciplines we will speak about, prayer is the most important. How can I say that? How do I know that prayer is the most important spiritual discipline? It is prayer (and only prayer!) that allows us into the …read more

  • Prayer Contributed by James Wilson on Nov 27, 2000

    God will answer us if we ask.

    Matthew 7:7-12
    “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened. “Or what man is there among you, when his son shall ask him for a …read more

  • Prayer Contributed by Dr. Craig Nelson on Dec 29, 2000

    Excerpt from the book, Living Forgiven

    In order to accomplish the divine command to forgive one another, you must first learn to live your life in prayer and intercession as Jesus commanded:
    “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:44)
    Forgiveness will flow …read more

  • Prayer Contributed by Ronald Crandall on Jan 9, 2003

    A look at the need for prayer in our daily lives and in the life of the church.

    Job 34:33-37
    33 Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.
    34 Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.

    Job 19:23-29
    23 Oh that my words were now written! …read more

  • Prayer Series Contributed by Davon Huss on Nov 18, 2002

    A discussion about (Public) prayer from 1 Timothy 2:1-8

    Sermon for 11/17/2002
    1 Timothy 2:1-8

    A. Wayne Watson- When God’s people pray, and take the pains of earth to the doors of heaven, when God’s people pray, there is hope reborn, there is sin forgiven. And miracles you can’t explain away, when God’s people pray.
    B. Wonderful time …read more

  • Prayer Contributed by Mohan Thomas on Nov 7, 2001


    P R A Y E R

    In Isaiah we read in Chapter 62:6,7 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a …read more

  • Prayer Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Aug 11, 2001

    How we should pray

    What is PRAYER?


    There may be some of you here today who have never prayed in your life to the One and True God. You may ask yourself:

    . Is there a God who cares about me? Yes, so much so that Jesus came to die for us.

    . How can I know about Him? Well the Bible …read more

  • A Prayer Contributed by Wm. Darryl Scott Sr D.d. on Jan 2, 2003


    Prayer: Tidewater Metro-Baptist
    Minister’s Conf. (1998)
    Prayer Before Order-of-the-Day Speaker
    Wed. Morning @ 8:30am.


  • Prayer Series Contributed by Eric Carey-Holt on Feb 16, 2003

    Personal Application
    Prayer is one of the strongest and most fundamental aspects of the Christian life and we cannot expect growth in grace, without time in prayer.

    SERMON—PRAYER—Luke 11:1-13

    Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: ” `Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. …read more

  • Prayer Contributed by Jamie Wright on Dec 6, 2004

    It is essential for believer’s to pray. The reason many Christians quit and give up is because of the lack of prayer.

    Pastor Jamie Wright * MFC *December 01, 2004
    1. Purpose of Prayer
    … one of His disciples said to Him, ’Lord, teach us to pray . . .’ -Luke 11:1
    Prayer is not a normal part of the life of the natural man. We hear it said that a person’s life will suffer if he doesn’t pray, but I …read more

  • Prayer Series Contributed by Tyler Edwards on Apr 29, 2009

    If God were to answer all your prayers with ’yes’ how would the kingdom be furthered?

    2. Spiritual Disciplines Series
    April 19th, 2009

    On March 4th, 2009 in Fort Pierce Florida a tragedy occurred. A woman was experiencing as emergency situation at a local McDonalds. It seems as if the police did not take her seriously when she called 911. This poor woman suffered in …read more

  • Three Short Prayers Contributed by Jody Vansickle on Oct 6, 2015

    I used this as an informal message on a Sunday evening; letting the congregation guess what the situation was as I gave out the ‘hints’ one by one.


    Some of the best prayers we pray are prayers that come from a desperate heart.
    • Jesus warned against praying just to be seen by other people:
    • Matthew 6:5, “When you pray you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the …read more

  • Powerful Short Prayers Part 3 Series Contributed by David Diyanni on Nov 8, 2015

    This is a sermon on the power of short prayers.

    Powerful Short Prayers Part 3
    Prayer of Canaanite mother
    Mother who would not take no for an answer

    So what do mothers do?
    A. The pressures on moms today are greater than ever. It has got to be the toughest job in the world. Just think of what’s expected of her in our success-driven …read more

  • Powerful Short Prayers Part 1 Series Contributed by David Diyanni on Nov 8, 2015

    A sermon series on the power of a short prayer.

    Poweful Short Prayers that Were Answered Pt 1

    A. I have been wanting to do a sermon series on prayer. But I was hesitant, because anytime you talk about prayer, people immediately feel bad, and often will say, “I don’t pray enough.” There are certain topics that …read more

  • Powerful Short Prayers Part 2 Series Contributed by David Diyanni on Nov 8, 2015

    This is a sermon about the power of short prayers.

    The Power of Short Prayers Part 2
    Nehemiah’s short prayer

    A. We are continuing our sermon series on “Powerful Short Prayers.” There are so many of these prayers that are recorded in the Bible. They are recorded for our benefit that we might learn something from …read more

  • youth sermon on prayer Help Contributed by Martin Ellgar on Dec 20, 2014

    A drama for children: Help


    Theme: Prayer

    1. To help children to pray.

    1. Help.

    1. One large and easily visible plastic insect.
    (I used a very large plastic fly.)
    2. The Beatles’ song; Help.
    (It will be played at the end of the children’s talk.)

    The …read more

  • Praying Together Series Contributed by Ken Sowers on Dec 10, 2003

    Learning how to pray together – in this worship we took time to pray short prayers together

    Oct. 26 Praying Together
    Remember the first time you drove on the freeway? – Nervous
    The first time we do things often is marked by fear, discomfort but it is no sure sign that we should not be doing this

    True with dating – new school – jumping out of an airplane (well…)

    It seems like a …read more

  • Pray Like Jabez Contributed by Bruce Ball on Sep 12, 2006

    A 4-point sermon explaining how and why we need to apply this short prayer to our lives, both as Christians and as the body of Christ.

    Everybody wants to know what purpose they have. Does God really have a plan for each one of us? The Bible says God knew us even before we were born and that He has a unique and distinct plan for each one of us.

    JEREMIAH 29:11 says,

    ‘I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to …read more

  • youth sermon on prayer Arror Prayers: From Your Heart To The Heart Of God Contributed by Geoffrey Foot on Feb 19, 2017

    Arrow prayers are short prayers from your heart to the heart of God and express uniquely your feelings, desires, fear and wonder of a loving Father who is there ready and waiting to hear and act.

    Arrow prayers
    Have you ever been in the situation when you needed to pray an instant prayer for Gods help, in a situation of great danger?

    Many years ago I was travelling with friends on a country road near Aberthaw cement works.

    It was a very windy road, narrow with sharp bends.

    All of a …read more

  • From Warrior To Sorrier Then Back Again Series Contributed by Derrick Tuper on Oct 23, 2017

    There was an alter sacrifice and the prophets of Baal keep chanting “oh, Baal, answer us!” for many hours, but nothing happened. Then, Elijah offered up a short prayer and God consumed the sacrifice. But soon after things took a turn for the worst.


    INTRODUCTION: When I went through the Lord’s Prayer a couple of weeks ago in regards to Jesus telling us to not pray as the pagans do I mentioned the account of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. There was an alter sacrifice and the …read more

  • Supernatural God Working Through Natural Sons Contributed by Ian Johnson on Aug 13, 2007

    A word of encouragement from the life of Francis Xavier 1506-1552

    (Excerpts from the forthcoming book Man on a Mission by Ian Johnson)

    Apart from seeing the name on a few Schools or Church buildings, I never really knew who Francis Xavier was. It wasn’t until I went to Goa in India in 2004 & again in 2005 that I was confronted with this spiritual giant, …read more

  • Looking Unto Jesus Contributed by Sylvester Onofe on Mar 7, 2016

    The focus is on Jesus supernatural power, His ability to heal the sick and bring salvation to the troubled.

    As it is written, in the last days, many shall be deceived, there shall be wars and rumours of wars, nation rising against nation, kingdom against kingdom. There shall be famine, earthquakes and diseases everywhere Mat 24:3-7. And people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of …read more

  • Wedding Ceremony Contributed by Antonio Silveira on Apr 14, 2001

    Description of a Wedding Ceremony held at The Carisma Church, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    (Note: This Ceremony was prepared for a small wedding without Musicians or singers. All the musical tracks where previously recorded on a special CD and are in Order)

    (Note: This Ceremony was prepared for a small wedding without Musicians or singers. All the musical tracks where previously recorded on a special CD and are in Order)




  • Wedding Ceremony Contributed by Antonio Silveira on Apr 14, 2001

    Description of a Wedding Ceremony held at The Carisma Church, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    (Note: This Ceremony was prepared for a small wedding without Musicians or singers. All the musical tracks where previously recorded on a special CD and are in Order)

    (Note: This Ceremony was prepared for a small wedding without Musicians or singers. All the musical tracks where previously recorded on a special CD and are in Order)




Youth sermon topics can be a challenge for any youth leaders and youth pastors. If you are one of them, don’t beat yourself up over it. You’re not the only one and it’s quite normal, especially when you have to preach every Sunday. How do you keep coming up with fresh topics?

In two earlier posts in the series on Preaching for youth we discussed what to keep in mind when choosing topics to preach on for youth and the two routes to finding a topic, namely the expository route and the topical route. In this post we’ll give you three approaches on how to find a great topic for your next youth sermon.

1. Choose a story

Research has shown that stories appeal greatly to this postmodern generation. The Fuller Youth Institute has done extensive research on the topic of ‘sticky faith,’ meaning faith that lasts throughout the college years and after. Their findings confirm that stories matter, that stories have impact.

Questions to help you find youth sermons for youth:

  • What (unfamiliar) story in the Bible can you use to preach on? What familiar story can you use to share new and fresh insights?

Example: I’d heard the story of David and Goliath many times, but when I read Max Lucado’s Facing Your Giants, I got a whole new perspective which I promptly used for a sermon in a youth service.

  • Can you translate a ‘topical study’ into a story?

Example: You want to preach on being satisfied with what you have, not always wanting more. You could use the story of David and Bathsheba to illustrate this point.

  • Is there a current story in the news you can use as a starting point for a sermon? Or an older, famous one they may not know yet?

Example: Think of stories like the guy who cut off his own arm to survive, the people aboard flight 93, etc. Each of these stories can serve as the starting point for a youth message.

  • Has someone you know experienced something powerful with God that would make a good testimony? Can you build a sermon around this?

Example: A woman in our church was told her baby wouldn’t survive being born and she was advised to have an abortion. She didn’t but instead got a massive prayer effort started. Her baby not only survived, but is now a healthy boy. We used her testimony in a service to show God still performs miracles.

2. Choose a need

Another way to find a topic is to take some time to pray and think about the needs in your youth group. It’s important to dig deep and not just touch on the superficial needs. They may want a new iPad, but that’s not their real need. Their real need may be a deep sense of loneliness, of not belonging.

Questions to help you find youth sermons for youth:

  • What issues are your students struggling with in general? Is there a pastoral issue that’s been popping up a lot lately?

Example: You may see self-cutting gaining ‘popularity.’ That’s definitely a sign of a deeper underlying issue you could address, like dealing with emotions, feeling alive, or coping with pain or loss.

  • Has something happened lately in your youth group or in your area that has affected your students?

Example: When the father of two of our students died quite unexpectedly, we needed to address this issue because students were having a hard time dealing with it.

  • Is there a recent study or are there statistics on things relating to youth that have drawn (your) attention?

Example: Research has shown that having family dinners together decreases the chance of teens smoking, drinking and doing drugs. What makes family dinners so effective? What need is met in these dinners that prevents teens from engaging in certain behavior that you could address in your sermon?

  • Has there been a news story that has draw attention to an issue amongst youth?

Example: After the recent suicide of a 14-year-old boy who was bullied, bullying has become a hot topic again. You could use this for a sermon on feeling different, on belonging, on bullying, on being lonely, or even on being depressed or suicidal.

3. Choose something popular

You can also choose something popular to shape your sermon. Be very careful here that you don’t misuse the Bible for your own agenda, to make your own point!

Questions to help you find youth sermons for youth:

  • What songs are popular right now? Is there something in the lyrics, the video or about the performing artist that you can use?

Example: Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ is an excellent example of a song you can use for a sermon. There’s a very strong message in that song, but not necessarily a message that corresponds with Scripture.

  • What are the current box office films? Is there something you could use? You don’t even have to show clips form the movie, most of the students will have seen it and you can give a brief overview of what the movie is about for those who haven’t.

Example: It’s a while ago, but we used The Return of the King once as a theme for a youth service and a sermon. Our approach was an evangelistic one, telling the students (and their unchurched friends) that Jesus would return as King someday and asking them if they were ready for the return of the King.

  • Is there a popular video, expression, habit, photo, anything? Just look at what your students are sharing on Facebook or posting on Tumblr and you’ll have a pretty good idea.

Example: After the recent passing of Steve Jobs, many posted pictures of ‘iSad’ or cartoons of Steve Jobs dong something at the gates of heaven. These are good starting points for a sermon on heaven, on loss, on doing something meaningful with your life.

These three approaches may help you find a topic for your next sermon for youth, and of course there are many more ways to find topics to preach on. But none of them matter if God isn’t involved. Every search for a topic to preach on for youth should start with prayer and lots of it. Prayer should be at the heart of your sermon preparation!

How do you come up with good youth sermon topics to preach on for youth? Where do you get your ideas and inspiration?

“At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, ‘Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ The words ‘once more’ indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” – (Hebrews 12:26-29).

God is shaking everything that can be shaken. That which is true and righteous will remain. He is awakening us out of slumber and apathy, and challenging us to a radically obedient lifestyle. There is not one of us who does not struggle in our Christian walk with the reality of radical obedience. We may obey in the big issues of life, but when it comes down to every single detail every day, we find it difficult. It is just too hard, but Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount that we must be perfect in our obedience just as our Father is in heaven (Matthew 5:48).
How can this be possible? We know we cannot attain perfection in this life, but we can do this by seeking to walk in all the light that the Spirit gives us in every season of our life.

Let’s make this our primary goal in life: To walk in all the light we have and to live radically obedient for God.  

If we look back in history, there are several instances where we see how God moved powerfully when His people walked in radical obedience. An obedient lifestyle is key to those who want a powerful prayer life. We read in James 5:16b: “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” This is an important verse for intercessors. We must walk in obedience and righteousness if we want a powerful prayer life.

The Sermon on the Mount Lifestyle  

“In every detail of their lives—in business, pleasure, in Christian service, in civil duties—they took the Sermon on the Mount as a lamp to their feet.” Count Zinzendorf and the Moravians  

The Sermon on the Mount is the greatest evaluation of an obedient lifestyle. It gets down to the nitty-gritty issues of daily life and of whether we are walking in obedience or not. The Sermon on the Mount is the core values of the Kingdom. It is the lithmus test to accurately measure our spiritual development and ministry impact.
The Sermon on the Mount was central for the prayer movement and for the revivals. Two examples in history where the practice of a Sermon on the Mount lifestyle brought great results in the spiritual realm were:

  • Count Zinzendorf and the Moravians – Their dedication to prayer and the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle led to a 100-year prayer meeting and a worldwide mission’s movement.
  • The Welsh Revival – Evan Roberts, the young man who was used so powerfully by God in the Welsh revival of 1904, prayed passionately that God would purify and bend the Church.

Evan Roberts prayed that God would break his own heart over the condition of mankind. His heart was set on obedience, and agonizing prayer was his daily life style. He believed and preached perfect obedience.
“Evan Roberts captured the spirit of the whole revival with the theme: Bend the Church and Save the World. James E. Stewart claimed that this is the secret of every true awakening. Christians must humble themselves and get right with God so that the Spirit can break through in converting power upon the unsaved. There must be no hypocrisy; the Christian must bend to all the will of God for His life in perfect obedience before the Spirit of God is released. When we are bent to the will of God we will be intercessors, because as He ‘ever lives to intercede’ for His people, if we are abiding in Him we will do the same.” Rick Joynor   

Revival and Radical Obedience  

Look at Joshua and how he obeyed God. From the standpoint of the human mind, walking seven times around Jericho did not appear to be a wise thing to do for spiritual success. Imagine the pressure and tension he was facing before that battle. Joshua obeyed God and was victorious. It was exactly what God wanted. He loves obedience even when it doesn’t make sense.
We must learn to say “yes” to the purposes of God every day of our lives. Many of us are praying for revival. If we want to see revival, you and I must be revived ourselves. God is after us—all of us. He is raising-up a Church that is steadfast and radically obedient. 

When I was a brand-new missionary many years ago, living on an old ship that sailed from nation to nation preaching the Gospel and encouraging the Church, I remember how I felt after the ship left port from my own beloved country. We were sailing towards South America and would be there for the next two years. 

I felt so lost and lonely, not knowing the language and so new to the whole mission’s world. Being young and inexperienced, I felt like two years on board that ship was a lifetime. We had no e-mail in those days, and I would call home only once a year. I was with over three hundred strangers from over forty nations on board and had left everything behind except for a few personal belongings. I was living in a tiny cabin with three others from three different nations, and we had nothing in common but our commitment to Christ. 

Not being a seasoned sailor, I would often feel the movement of the seas and didn’t even know how to swim. And here we were, all sailing by faith towards South America in an immense ocean and with an unknown future. I was feeling deeply the cost of commitment and obedience to God. It was a big step for me during those days, but I knew that God was inviting me to live a life of radical obedience. Since that time years ago, God has challenged me again and again with the same level of obedience:

  • Am I willing to give up everything for the cause of Christ?
  • Will I let God have His way with me each and every day?
  • Am I willing to pay the price of commitment and radical obedience?
  • Do I really want revival and a visitation from God?

Where are you with God? Is He wrestling with you over some issue in your life? Can you say “yes” to Him today? Can you say: “Lord, have Your way with me. I will pray for this end-time revival and choose to obey You at all costs. I will live out commitment in my life each and every day in prayer. I am Yours totally, and I accept your invitation to radical obedience.”

Are you willing to pray this prayer and pay this price for revival? When crowds of people came to visit our ship and when there were endless lines of people waiting to get on board, we realized that obedience is no small thing. We had to work when we didn’t feel like working, we had to serve when we didn’t feel like serving, we had to pray when we didn’t feel like praying, and we had to smile when we didn’t feel like smiling. The result? Many came into the Kingdom and turned their lives over to Christ. 

Revival and a visitation from God are not going to be all fun, excitement, and dancing. It will be sheer commitment and a dedicated life style of radical obedience for all of us. Are we ready for God’s visitation? Are we ready for revival? God is raising up a Church that is willing to pay the price.

In whatever way God is challenging your life today, take a small step forward and say “yes” to Him. It’s step-by-step, choice-by-choice, yes-by-yes, one day at a time and one act of self-denial at a time where you will find true life. Jesus calls you to radical obedience and says in Matthew 16:24-25:

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” When we accept this invitation to radical obedience in following Christ, we find real fulfillment. Let’s prepare for this worldwide revival. It is in daily obedience that we find life and are ready for a true visitation from God. Let’s live a radically obedient life and worship God with reverence and awe. He is a consuming fire.  

“When you pray for revival and a visitation from God, you’re asking God for life-shaking experiences that will cost you plenty. Revival is agonizing: It so terrorizes you over your sin that you repent deeply. Revival is consuming: It leaves you no time for hobbies, for chores around the house, for work, for sleep. Revival wrecks your appointment calendar, interrupts TV times, demands your full attention.”

*This Article First Published 5/27/2013

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