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Ideas for Setting Up Prayer Room Stations

Spiritual Formation tidbit

Mary Read Horton | Mar 10, 2009 Add comment
Often prayer rooms are centered around a theme, and it can help your thinking and planning to consider what elements might go well together for participants using a prayer room. For example, if you took the theme of “Life” for your prayer stations, you could focus on the following:

Life is a Gift.
Use Psalm 139:13-16 as your focus. Include a symbol such as a partially knitted garment to help people reflect on how God “knit us together in our mother’s womb.” Offer opportunity to give thanks for this gift in some tangible way—such as a written prayer attached to a clothesline.

Life is a Journey.
For a visual symbol and take-away reminder, provide cross sections of a tree, about 3” in diameter with a hole drilled in the top. Instruct participants to take a pen and write on the tree ring words that describe significant points of his or her spiritual journey. In the act of writing and remembering, they can thank God for his presence in those times.

Life has Anxiety.
Have Matthew 6:25-34 written out for people to meditate on. Provide a two-foot length of string or wool per person and invite participants to put a loose knot in the string for each anxiety or burden they are experiencing. Then invite them to spend time in prayer, and as they feel each knot in the string, to untie it and understand that the burdens are not theirs to carry, but the Lord’s. Provide a Bible, cards and pens for people to write out Matthew 11:28-30 to take with them and carry as a reminder of the rest Jesus promises his followers.

The Life Christ Offers is Eternal.
Invite participants to reflect on Romans 6:15-23 (MSG) where it says in verse 23, “Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God's gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.” To express thanks for this gift, suggest that participants sign a card you’ve prepared called a “spiritual birth certificate” with the promise “..the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

You will think of other ideas once the idea of a theme presents itself. The main thing is to keep each station simple, meaningful, and to provide something tactile for participants to experience.

Find a number of Prayer Room ideas available for download free from: www.MinistryHelps.ca (Search: Prayer)


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