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Allow your guest about 20-30 minutes to share his/her story.\par }{\plain \par }{\plain Following the testimony, read the text for the program and several other passages on prayer (e.g. John 14:13,14; Matthew 17:20). Invite group members to share testimonies of answered prayer. Allow about 20 minutes for sharing time, or more as needed.\par }{\plain \par }{\plain Be sensitive to the fact that some in your group will have had important prayers (e.g. for the healing of a loved one) go unanswered. Though the focus of this program is on answered prayer, remember to stress that God in His wisdom does not answer every prayer and we cannot know the reasons why. In a world of sin and evil, suffering and pain are the norm and miraculous delivery the exception. We cannot always know why God chooses to grant an exception, but we can praise Him when He does and trust His wisdom when He does not.}{\plain \b \par }{\plain \b \par }{\plain \b Preparation Time:}{\plain \par }{\plain In choosing your guest speaker, be sure to select someone who not only has an exciting story of answered prayer, but who is also an interesting speaker and will appeal to your youth.}{\plain \b \par }{\plain \b \par }{\plain Depending on the size and nature of your group you may wish to prepare some people ahead of time for the testimony period by asking them to think in advance about prayers they have had answered. Be prepared to share stories of your own as well. It may also be effective to ask someone to briefly share an experience of a prayer that }{\plain \i wasn\'92t}{\plain answered that later turned out to be for the best, to illustrate that God knows best.}{\plain \b \par }{\plain \b \par }{\plain \b Bible Text:\par }{\plain \par }\pard \tx0\tx720\tx1440\tx2160\tx2880\tx3600\tx4320\tx5040\tx5760\tx6480\tx7200\tx7920\tx8640\tx9360 {\plain \'93Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.\'94 (James 5:16, NIV) }{\plain \b \par }{\plain \b Song Service:\par }{\plain \b \par }{\plain \'93I Cast All My Care Upon You\'94\par }{\plain \'93He Will Carry You\'94}{\plain \b \par }{\plain \b \par }{\plain \b Vesper or Closing Thought:\par }{\plain \par }\pard \tx0\tx720\tx1440\tx2160\tx2880\tx3600\tx4320\tx5040\tx5760\tx6480\tx7200\tx7920\tx8640\tx9360 {\plain \'93Why should the sons and daughters of God be reluctant to pray, when {\*\bkmkstart LPHit1}{\*\bkmkend LPHit1}prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven's storehouse, where are treasured }{\plain the boundless resources of Omnipotence?\'94 (Ellen G. White, }{\plain \i Steps to Christ}{\plain , chapter 11).\par }}