Friday 23 August
7-8pm: Corporate Worship
10pm: Communion - corporate or personal
Saturday 24 August
12pm-6am: Individual prayer slots
6am-9am: Neighbourhood prayer breakfast
9am-11am: Neighbourhood prayer walk
11am-1pm: Stations /corporate or personal – pdf ideas to do collectively or individually
1pm-3pm: Prayer around schools throughout NZ
3pm-5pm: Collective prayer meeting (city landmarks / churches)
5pm-6pm: Stations /corporate or personal – pdf ideas to do collectively or individually
6pm-7pm: Corporate Worship
ThemeS to pray foR
Friday 23rd AUGUST
7pm: A Future
“A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of
heart the spirit is crushed.”
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
8pm: Spiritual Wellbeing
"Among students who attend religious communities, those who report higher connection to their place of worship and strong spiritual beliefs reported fewer health risk behaviours and/or mental health concerns."
PYM | The impact of religion and spirituality on the risk behaviours of young people in Aotearoa, New Zealand
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
3 John 1:2
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Saturday 24TH AUGUST:
12am: Suicide Prevention
Every 67 hours a young person in New Zealand kills themselves.
That's one every three days.
130 lives a year.
New Zealand has the highest rate of youth suicide in the developed world.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
1 John 4:4
1am: Self Care
Almost half of our teenagers will self-harm before they leave high school.
Thousands of young people are treated in hospitals for
self-injuries every year -
and the number is rising fast.
New Zealand's hidden epidemic of self-harm has been described by one principal as "the elephant in the room in secondary schools".
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”
1 Corinthians 3:16
"16-year-old girls shouldn't be stuck in a psych ward battling their minds every single day. I should be living my life, falling in love etc, but no. I'm stuck in this cycle of trying to end my life. Will I ever be normal?"
Hailey, The Herald | Break the Silence
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
3am: Self Worth
IAs a young survivor of two suicide attempts told the Herald,
"We've been taught that we aren't allowed to be sad, that we have more than the generations before us so there is apparently no need for us to feel down. Let's admit it, adults look at us teens and young adults as if we are useless if we don't have jobs or aren't studying for some sort of career."
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12
4am: Freedom from Anxiety/Fear
Anxiety disorders are more common than depression and according to the Ministry of Health about one in four New Zealanders will experience some kind of anxiety disorder during their life time.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of
love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
6am: Family Well-being
One in seven young people report being harmed on purpose by an adult at home.
75% of interpersonal offences by a family member are not reported to police.
23 adults and 9 children are killed every year as a result of family violence
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
A 2015 survey found that 32% of students reported being bullied in the past six months
More than half of young people said they would NEVER confide in their parents after becoming a victim of cyber bullying.
“He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.”
8am: Mental Health
About 12% of 15-24 year-olds experience psychological distress
This is up about 10% on how things were a decade ago
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
9am: A Voice
According to to the 2014 New Zealand General Social Survey:
28% of young people aged 15-24 feel alone a little of the time
13% feel lonely some of the time
4% feel lonely most or all of the time
"Our inner life can often be a complex mix of history, secrets, pain, and wishes. Part of being human is having to face the difficulties of sometimes being lonely, bitter, hurt, empty; of feeling that we've failed, ourselves or someone who hoped for more from us; of feeling that we're not good enough, not bright enough, not talented enough, not ... enough.
"How we deal with these difficulties is ultimately for us to decide, but we know that in our teenage years, weighing up how to cope with emotional pain can often be exceptionally hard - not least because the adult world often declares that some things are inappropriate for young people to think about or talk about, even while young people are actively living through those inappropriate things."
Paul Green | Principal | Makoura College
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.”
10am: Peer Pressure
When children start school, their parents begin to lose the influence they once had. By the teenage years, peers are the most influential group as teenagers navigate finding an identity and figuring out the roles that they play.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
11am: Finding a Way Through Depression
"When people see the word 'depression', they freak out. It often screams 'damaged goods'. This could not be further from the truth. Being sad, angry, happy, confused, alone - together these feelings make us human. How could we ever expect to be balanced all the time in this crazy world?
"It is so important to remember that every single person has a different story, so think before you speak.
"You may never realise how fragile a person is until it is too late. It is often the people that portray themselves so richly as happy, who are actually overwhelmed by depression."
Lucy Wymer, The Herald | Breaking the Silence
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
12pm: Self Image
"I was 15 when I started to question who I was.
"I am New Zealand-born, a half caste - which means I am of Scottish and Tongan descent. Because of my brown skin, people assumed I was Maori or not white at all. But then I would visit Tonga and I would get labelled as Palangi (white).
"Not only was there this battle of identity, but I was also faced with a teacher yelling at me at the age of 10 in front of my class, humiliating me with words of frustration, saying 'Are you stupid?' or 'Are you deaf and dumb?'
"I learnt that day that the power of life and death is in the tongue. That day my life was shaped and I lived out those words thinking I was stupid, deaf and dumb!
"Because I did not know my identity, I didn't know how much I was worth so I attempted suicide as I wanted to end the pain of feeling unloved, rejected and hurt. I am thankful it didn't work and two other attempts later were still unsuccessful."
Rebecca Faavago, The Herald | Breaking the Silence
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
1pm: School Youth Workers
As of June 2019, there are 168 24-7YW youth workers in 74 schools throughout Aotearoa.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
2pm: Strength and Support
"This year has been the toughest of my life so far.
"Never have I felt so alone and empty among countless loving family, friends and colleagues who I know care about me. Never have I felt so worthless and humiliated, so much that almost every day I wish I wasn't alive.
Olivia Tomuli, The Herald | Break the Silence
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
3pm: An End to Sexual Abuse
About one in ten young boys and one in five young girls report unwanted sexual touching or being forced to do sexual things.
About one in four women and one in twenty men have experienced one or more sexual offences in their lifetime.
The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
4pm: Healing from Addictions
According to the Ministry of Health, just over half of young people aged 15-17 will have drunk alcohol within the last year as will four out of five young people aged 18-24.
About 8% of those aged 15-17 and 33% of those aged 18-24 are considered hazardous drinkers at high risk for future physical and mental health damage from their drinking.
The NZ Drug Foundation says that illicit drug use among teenagers is uncommon but it more likely to cause them harm. 13% of secondary students say they use cannabis but only 3% use it weekly.
“You say, “I am allowed to do anything”–but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.”
1 Corinthians 6:12
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.
God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”
5pm: Having a Disability
About one in ten children aged 0-14 years have a disability with nearly half of those children having multiple disabilities.
About one in four people aged 15 years and older have a disability with about 40% of those people more than one disability.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
Psalm 139: 13-14
6pm: Families / Communities
At the 2013 census about 18% or nearly one in five families was a sole parent family.
Just over one third of marriages end in divorce according to Statistics NZ.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and he delivers those whose spirit has been crushed. A righteous person will have many troubles, but the Lord will deliver him from them all.”
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.