Two years ago, during our Youth Room makeover, we set aside an area of the room to use as a dedicated prayer space. To differentiate it as such, students painted several verses about prayer on the wall in that section of the room.
For two years, I hoped teens would use this area to pray before and after youth group.
No one ever did.
In retrospect, I think the problem was that this was my vision, not theirs.
But then, three months ago, my teens participated in a summer mission trip. During it, they served at an inner city facility that had a dedicated prayer room. Upon arriving there, teens were told,
“We want one of you praying in the prayer room at all times. Prayer is the most important thing we do here.”