Creating A Prayer Station Experience

Guided prayer can be a great addition to a variety of worship events.  It can take on a lot of different forms.  One such idea is utilizing prayer stations.  Prayer stations are “stops” in a guided prayer experience in which people are asked to pray in a certain way or for a specific request.  These can be very intimate times of worship for participants.
Praying HandsOver the years, I have enjoyed creating prayer station experiences that are tactile in nature, asking participants to create as they pray.  Here are a few of my favorite station ideas compiled from different events and websites.  At each station (these could be different areas in a room or separate rooms entirely), post signs with instructions on how to complete each activity.

  • The Call to Confess:  In preparation for this station, fill bowls with sand and place them on a table.  Write a word or symbol in the sand in front of you representing something you need to confess.  Confess your sin to God.  As you pray, pass your hand through the sand, obliterating these words or symbols as a sign of accepting God’s forgiveness.
  • The Call to Share:  In preparation for this station, hang a clothesline in the room.  Write the name or initials of someone you know who needs a relationship with God on an index card.  Hang this name from the clothesline.  Pray, asking God to give you the strength to share Jesus with this person.
  • The Call to Intercede:  Take pipe cleaners and craft something you are praying for.  As you spend time making this, pray for God to work in this situation.  When you are finished, take your creation and lay it at the foot of the cross.  (Have a wooden cross in the corner of this station.)
  • The Call to Surrender:  In preparation for this station, post a large piece of butcher paper on the wall with the words “I Surrender” on it.  Write something you need to surrender to God on a post-it note.  Stick this note on the “I Surrender…” wall.  While you post your note, spend time praying for a few others you see, as well.
  • The Call to Adore:  On a board or large piece of paper hanging on the wall, write words describing who God is and how He has revealed Himself to you.  Spend a few moments praising God that He is all these things written on the wall – and so much more!

These are just a few prayer stations you can adapt for your next event.  Have you used prayer stations?  If so, what are some of your favorite stops in this type of guided prayer experience?  Share in the comments section below.

How To Set Up A Prayer Room At Your Next Event

A prayer room can be a wonderful place of quiet and refreshment in the chaos of a busy event.  Creating a space for prayer doesn’t need to be complicated, and it can add a great deal to the event experience for your guests.

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The simplest prayer room has a sign on the door, and places for people to sit. Try to set it up within visual distance of the main happenings at your event so people can find it.   Let event attendees know it is there, and available for their use.  That’s it!

Here are other things you can add to a prayer room:

  1. Dimmed lights and soothing music.  Quiet music covers the noise of people moving about, and it can also help people feel less self conscious.
  2. Prayer stations.  You could provide areas devoted to prayer certain topics, with written cues and scripture verses on stand up cards.  There are many webpages and books on prayer stations available. It would be natural for the prayer to be related to the topics being covered in your event.
  3. Prayer facilitators.  Are there people who would like to be available to pray for those that come in to the prayer room ?  Or perhaps people would like to sign up to pray for the event and those attending. Most often people are asked to volunteer for one hour increments. Think about these options and make sign ups available beforehand.
  4. Bibles, prayer journals, prayer guides.  If you don’t have prayer stations, you could provide materials that might guide people through different prayers or prayer topics.

A prayer room can add a wonderful dimension to your next event.  Whether it is in a beautiful chapel, or plain meeting area, people will relish the opportunity to connect with God and reflect on what they are learning.  Have you ever organized a prayer room at an event?