“Do you have anyone praying for you?” Asking that simple question is changing our relationships with teens in the local detention centers.
When a mentor asked a youth if he was supported in prayer as he was serving time in detention, he answered “no”.
The mentor committed to pray for the him every day. He handed the youth a card and asked him to write down his prayer request. Other teens asked for cards and we felt God’s Spirit move as they silently pondered and wrote down their requests.
We do prayer cards at four local detention centers. Each week a team of volunteers pray over these cards. Kids consistently request prayers of provision and protection for their families, for God to change them, for forgiveness, and for comfort in times of fear.
Something shifts when we turn from standing on our own to a posture of prayer. In a place where there was fear, there is now hope. We believe this for the teens in tough situations that we lift up to him daily.