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'I was profoundly moved by the responses of some of the students to the opportunity to reflect on their lives in a quiet and safe place. It is evident that some of these young people are struggling to make sense of their lives and the challenges they face. In this noisy world of constant media stimulation there is a great need to give young people the space and time to be quiet and still and to reflect.'Volunteer (England)

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Category: Prayer Activities Age Group: 7 - 11's Age Group: 12 - 16's Age Group: 16+

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We all have big questions about life, about God and faith, etc. This activity encourages pupils to ask their big questions as prayers.

Some of them are 'head' questions, things we find difficult to grasp and understand. But most of them are 'heart' questions, to do with our experience of pain and suffering, doubt and disappointment, etc.

The Bible is full of question-prayers. All of the significant characters in the Bible ask question-prayers of God - Abraham does, David does, even Jesus does - and many of the questions remain unanswered, at least in the way that the ask-er hoped they would be answered.

This prayer activity works best when a team member is nearby to encourage the pupils to ask honest questions. Sometimes, students might ask the team member what they think about a particular question. When this happens, it's really important for the team member to answer honestly, even if their answer is "I really don't know". The purpose of this prayer activity is to reinforce the idea that questions are OK. In fact, asking honest questions is essential to authentic faith.

To get started, please watch the short video and download the PDF.