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Wednesday: A group meets at the West Campus on 180th 2 blocks North of Dodge at 4:00 pm in room W 10/11.
 

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So, how do we pray? Jesus taught us how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. Jesus said, “This, then, is how you should pray.” He did not say this is what you should say, but rather this is how you should pray. The Lord’s prayer gives four specific things to pray about. One of the best ways to remember these four things is through the acronym P.R.A.Y.
 

PRAISE

Tell God thanks for who He is and what He has done. Our Father in heaven, hollowed be your name.” (Matthew 6:9a) See also: 1 Chronicles 29:10-13

 

REPENT

Confess your sins to God. Tell him how sorry you are for them and that you need His forgiveness. Ask God for strength not to do the sin again. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12) See also: Psalm 51:1-12

 

ASK

Give your requests to God. Give us today our daily bread.” And “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:11 & 6:13) See also: Ephesians 6:19-20

 

YIELD

Spend time submitting to God that His will be done in your life. Spend time quietly listening to God. Your kingdom done, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) See also: Matthew 26:39 & Psalm 46:10a

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Ryan Pramberg with Youth for Christ

“O God, we want this work kept on a miracle basis. We want everyone to know that God's hand is on this movement. We want folks to see that this is too big and too great for any person or group of people to accomplish by themselves. We want folks to say God did it."

Last time I wrote I talked about light and darkness. Light defeats darkness, and Jesus keeps reminding me of that. At one point during RED Weekend I was incredibly discouraged, one of our kids chose to go home half-way through and I was again praying and asking “why does it seem like darkness hits him so hard during these trips? Why aren’t you fighting back? Where’s the Gospel ‘haymaker’ that smashes darkness?” Again, the Lord whispered to my soul, “what if I’ve already landed the killing blow and you haven’t seen it yet? I’m always at work, beneath the surface.” So I keep giving my discouragement and lack of faith to God, knowing that he sees all of these kids and their hearts 24/7. The light is on the move!

Below you’ll find what the requests was and an update of what happened that is underlined. THANKS for the prayers!

“Jeff” He got caught up in some poor choices his semester and was suspended for a few weeks. Praying he meets Jesus this weekend

The weekend was…meh for him, but he had a decent time. The win was his parents caught him smoking pot after the weekend and he asked to talk with us about it all. For 90 minutes he spilled his heart out and that was a HUGE win: his own drug issues, divorce struggles, friend pain, and his depression. He wants to walk out of his darkness of depression and toward the light. Praise God.

“Steve” He’s knows Jesus and said last week “I finally realized how much I’ve put my identity in what other people think of me. I want what Jesus thinks of me.” He’s so close to jumping in deeply

With Jesus. I’m praying this weekend is a line in the sand moment for him.

It was good relational time for Steve and our leader. He thinks he’s farther through healing than he actually is, but I believe he’s dealing with what he knows well. Looking forward to having some more future conversations with him!

“Wyatt” He knows Jesus and I’m praying he grows in Jesus as he helps steer conversations toward Jesus

This dude was great to have around. He opened up about some questions about Jesus, revealed pain he had relating to his father, and had a great time. I’m looking forward to how God uses him this year! Plus he helped keep conversations going well!

“Amy” She knows Jesus and is at a turning point. Praying this helps dive her deeper into her wounds and deeper into his healing

Amy was great. She has known the Lord for two years and was helping to answer the question “how do you know you’re saved” with GREAT theology. She got deeper with Jesus and showed her own leadership abilities. I’m excited to have her help volunteer with some students this next semester.

“Christy” Again, knows Jesus and I LOVE her heart for her peers. Even as she heals herself, she wants others to hear about her Savior. Pray she has a great weekend as she herself hears truth and grows in Jesus!

Yup, she did a great job loving her peers and leading them. I thought it was a great weekend for her and with her!

“Kari” It’s been a long year for her between moves, changes, life, and growing. I’m praying this weekend she realizes Jesus is worth it, he’s good ALWAYS, and she heals of some of the past hurts in her life.

A little distracted, but good to have her with us. She continues to grow slowly, like we all do, and I know she had a fun, memorable weekend. Glad she came and brought a friend with too!

“Mary” We don’t know her story yet, but I know she’s been grounded extensively for choices she made this summer. Praying she shares her story and encounters Jesus.

Great weekend with her and was a ton of fun. The only downside is she hasn’t been able to come to Campus Life since then and we miss her!

“Teri” New to Campus Life and doesn’t know Jesus. She’s in the dark, but last week said “I don’t know why I keep coming here but it’s the only place I feel like I can be myself.” That my friends, is Jesus.

Overall, an emotional weekend for her. She broke up with her boyfriend so that was major drama and ugly…and she’s back together with him now. I’m not sure what she learned yet, she was quiet, but she received great love from her leader and is continuing to come to Campus Life no matter what. Again, the light is on the move.

“Grace” Has made recent poor choices with her boyfriend. It’s really fresh emotionally for everyone, so there’s a lot of wounds that are still bleeding. I’m praying she can open up and find the freedom that Jesus offers, forgiveness that’s real, and satisfaction that is deeper than sin.

She asked a question at 2 in the morning to her leader, “I kind of want to be saved but I don’t know how and I’m not ready yet. How can I be saved and know that I’m saved?” She did not bow her knee to Jesus in that moment, but did share about her physical relationship with her boyfriend. That is walking toward the light and out of darkness!

“Chad” Again, praying for 3 years. Drugs and sex, and he also loves the darkness. In fact, he’s quite against the light and has revealed zero to nothing about himself for 3 years. I’m praying he opens up this weekend. I’m praying he reveals his real hurts. I’m praying he listens to Jesus and meets the real love, grace, healing, and forgiveness that he offers.

The darkness roughs this young man up in severe ways. He had a hard time between nicotine withdrawals (he’s addicted to cigarette’s), breaking up with his girlfriend “Teri” (above), and he was the young man who left early. BUT, for 20 minutes, in the hotel lobby waiting for his ride, I got to share truth with him. I talked about Jesus, my own life, what I saw in him, and pointed out some of his pains. For 20 minutes he listened and we set up another time to connect and meet. At the end, he shot me a text, “love you too,” the first time he’s ever expressed that. Our conversation after RED Weekend was stellar. I learned a lot more about him and I think he’s oblivious to his own problems from living in survival mode so long. Again, I shared the gospel and offered him similar to what Jesus offered the rich young ruler “do you want time with me where I invest in you?” He has yet to respond. The light is on the move.

2. Keep praying for Jason and Christie Currie. The most recent tests showed that the cancer remains present and a threat. Outside of a miracle from the Lord, the diagnosis is not good. But I know the God we serve is a God of miracles and a God of the 11th hour. He always shows up at exactly the right time. So, we continue to pray and wait expectantly.

Continued Prayers:

1. In Nov. and Dec. I’m working to ask 10 more people if they’d join our financial support team. So far, we’ve had one join our team (PRAISE GOD!), one say, “not now” and four conversations are set up for January. It’s an honor and privilege to invite people into our current work!

2. I’m praying for 3 more female volunteers for our Millard North middle school club.

Received: December 5, 2018

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