Here is a short list of things you can begin with youth and then encourage them to continue the practice throughout the week:
- Daily Prayer: Invite them to take three minutes each day in prayer. This could be first thing in the morning, late a night, or at a specific time during each day.
- Quiet: Help them experience quiet in a new way. This is not the quiet where they get to lay down and fall asleep (even though they could probably use the sleep), but rather intentional quiet where they listen to nothing except what is around them. Quiet practices like meditation and focusing exercises may help them, but simply encourage them to be quiet and pay attention to what comes up.
- Meditation: Create a time of meditation for them to focus on one thing. This could be guided meditation, it could be meditation on a theme, or meditation about God’s presence.
- Reading Scripture: Invite them to read a passage of scripture and then sit with it for a period of time, noticing what words, phrases, or ideas come to them.
- Prayer: Open them up to new prayer practices so they can find one that works for them. They may like to try out one of the following online prayer sites to guide them.
As the world around us continues to be faster, louder, and more driven, how do we encourage young people and ourselves to “go up the mountain,” as Jesus did to pray, to be quiet, and to simply be in the presence of God?
Begin today, and see where you are led.