Prayer Video Challenges Christians to be 'Real'

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Praying is about more than folding our hands and saying the "right" things. That's the message an Ohio youth outreach director is sending Christians -- hoping to change the opinion of prayer and what it takes to connect with God.

Juan Camacho Jr. and his video ministry "Youth on the Rock" recently took their message of "Real Prayer" to YouTube.

"We are trying to get people to see this truth," Camacho said. "Just because we are sinful, broken, addicted and self-destructive doesn't mean we can't 'really' pray. The very act of praying is being submissive, bringing our real selves and knowing we are in need of God's power to help us."

The video features teens and young adults posing as individuals dealing with issues like homosexuality, alcoholism, fornication and finding faith.

"Do I have to say that I believe in you, or can I just start talking?" one actress asks in the video as she looks up to the sky.

Camacho says the point of the "Real Prayer" skit is to encourage people to "just talk" to God, and forget about the formalities or who they are to the world. He's also challenging believers to be more receptive to the problems people are praying about.

"We want the Christians to look outside the box and see prayer in a different prospective, a lost person's perspective. If we can do that, it will spark a desire in our hearts to try and reach these people for the Lord," Camacho explained.

Youth on the Rock was started in 2009 out of Christ the King Community Church in Fredericktown, Ohio.

Other videos include "Give Me Your Eyes" which has nearly 34,000 views and "Breaking the Chains," viewed by more than 10,000 people.

Click here to watch the "Real Prayer" video. Also, visit the Youth on a Rock Facebook page here.

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Cicely Gosier

Cicely Gosier

CBN News Internet Producer

Cicely Gosier is an Internet News Producer at CBN News, and enjoys reporting on humanitarian efforts, as well as issues involving the family and today's youth.

Cicely obtained a M.A. in Journalism from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., and her B.A. in Print Journalism from Hampton University in Hampton, Va. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists.