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.

Planning For An Audience of One

Writers are often encouraged to forget the overall group of their readers, and write for a single person. This makes their writing more personal, pointed, and authentic and frees the writer from the bonds of trying to please everyone.

Event organizers can benefit from this perspective as well. While planning your event imagine a real person that encapsulates your target audience. Then, ask yourself these questions.  What concerns and needs is he/she bringing to this event?

  1. What topic does he/she most want to learn more about?
  2. What unexpected gift could I give him/her during this event? (physical or abstract)
  3. Is there information I could provide during registration that will smooth their stay?
  4. How will they interact and process the material they receive?
  5. What connections could I help them make for their good?

As Christian event planners, we can also look at this question from a different perspective- planning with our Father in mind. You could ask yourself:

  1. Is this glorifying to God?
  2. How does the truth of God’s Word speak into this topic?
  3. How will worship, prayer, meditation or Scripture study be woven into this event?
  4. How have other believers through the ages interacted on this topic?
  5. How can I spend time praying for this event and listening to God’s direction regarding it?

These questions aren’t a rigid template- they should serve as a guide for consideration and inspiration- as you serve your “audience of one/One.”