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High School

Intercessory Prayer

Lesson 7 

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Summer 2022

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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July 17, 2022

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Lesson Focus:

Intercede in prayer for others.

Bible Basis:

Ephesians 6:18-20; Colossians 1:9-12

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will consider the necessity of interceding in prayer for others.

Memory Verse:

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
—Ephesians 6:18

Step 1:

Students will consider the necessity of interceding in prayer for others.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • When someone you know and love is seriously sick or hurt, what is your first response? How do you try to help them? (Accept all reasonable responses.)

Our response may be to call a doctor, drive the person to urgent care, bring the person medicine, or ask an adult to help the person who is in need.

Although our first response to someone being sick or hurt may be to care for their physical needs, we can also turn to our Heavenly Father for help in times of need.

Read this video transcript out loud to your students [including the second paragraph above the video and the paragraphs following the video]:
Trusting in the Power of His Name

  • How did Isabela respond to her father’s illness? (She prayed for his healing.)
  • Why do you think Isabela responded to her father’s illness by going to prayer immediately? (Accept all reasonable responses. Answers may include that Isabela realized God was able to heal her dad.) 
  • Do you ever pray for God to help those in need? What kinds of things do you include in those prayers? (Accept all reasonable responses. Answers may include things like praying for people to be healed, praying for them to know Jesus, praying for their needs to be met, etc.)
  • Have you—or someone you are close too—ever been sick or in an accident where you realized things were very grim? How did you react? Was prayer something you thought about doing immediately, or was it kind of an afterthought? (Answers will vary.)

Although God does not always answer our prayers in the ways we expect, we can always pray to Him for help. He cares about our needs! Let’s see what part prayer plays in our needs and lives today.

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Index cards
  • Pens/pencils
  • Smartphones

If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring pens/pencils, index cards, and smartphones with them to class.

Paul was not in a good place when he wrote the letters we studied today. At least he wasn’t in a good place in worldly terms; he was most likely imprisoned. Yet, Paul used his less than ideal circumstance to ask those to whom he was writing to be alert and keep on praying for the Lord’s people.

Instead of focusing on his own needs, as is common of most who request intercessory prayer, Paul reached out to the churches to let them know he was praying for them! Paul didn’t just pray for their physical needs but he lifted up their spiritual needs also.

In Ephesians 6:18, Paul admonishes Christians to pray for the Lord’s people. Sometimes it is hard to know what to pray for people—especially if you don’t know them very well.

  • Aside from praying for healing or a resolution to the problem they are facing, what are some other things you might pray for people who are suffering? (Give your students an opportunity to brainstorm; write responses on the whiteboard.)

Direct your students to get into small groups of two or three. (If your class is meeting online, you can use the breakout room feature of your video chat software.) Make sure at least one person in each group has a smartphone they can share. Instruct your teens to pull up the following website on their smartphones:
Lifting Up Those Who Are Suffering

Hand out index cards and pencils/pens (or invite students to have those items ready at home). On the index cards, have students write down prayer requests they’d like to share. If something is confidential, they can write down the words, “unspoken request” and their name. Have students hand their prayer request to another individual in their small group; each student should have someone else’s request. Spend a few minutes in small groups lifting up each other’s prayer requests. If they need prayer prompts, they can use the prayer guide on suffering to direct their prayers along with the ideas written on the whiteboard.

You may want to play this video clip in the background as your students pray [3:42].
When We Pray (Official Music Video)

Encourage your students to take the request they received home and to pray for those needs this week on their own. Remind students to keep the requests confidential and emphasize today’s focus, we are to intercede in prayer for others.

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