Kinetic Sand Prayer Station

Kinetic Sand Prayer Station

At our Winter Overnight a couple of days ago we did a time where we set up prayer stations. One of those stations you will find below. It used sand as a way to help students realize they were making impressions on the people around them. I didn’t want to make a mess with real sand so I got some kinetic sand. Let me tell you this stuff is amazing! Check out my video below. It is now my favorite desk toy.

So something a little sillier. Here is the text of the prayer station. I set up two bowls of kinetic sand for them to make impressions in.

Read Acts 1:8

Right before He went back to live in Heaven, Jesus commanded his followers to take His truth around the world. Your life is affecting the lives of those around you. As you move through your days and weeks you are leaving marks that others can see. You are impacting the people around you for eternity, but are you impacting them for good or for evil? Are you pointing them toward God or away from Him?

Spend a moment making impressions in the sand. As you press the sand notice how you leave your fingerprints. In the same way as you move through your life you are leaving your prints on the people around you. As you make impressions in the sand ask God to mold your life into one that points people towards Him.

To continue this act of commitment, choose one of your classes at school. On the back of this sheet write the names of all the people in that class. As you write their names pray for each person. Pray that God will help them see the truth about who He is and that He will use you to make an impact in their lives.

Family Prayer Ideas (Prayer Chain)

Family Prayer Ideas (Prayer Chain)

Our church is getting ready to have a series of meeting that Baptist normally call a “revival.” I’m not a huge fan of that term, and we actually aren’t calling our meetings that either,  but that is the fastest way to describe them. Part of our preparation for this week will be (and is currently) several different prayer times and creative ways to pray. One of the ones that we are doing with our children has had a profound impact on my son and his desire to pray for our church and our upcoming revival. Here is the idea.

  • During Sunday school we passed out to every child 7 strips of construction paper about 2 inches wide.
  • At home the children are to take the paper and pray with their families about our revival.
  • They can then either a) journal a short prayer on it or 2) write a predetermined sentence on the paper
  • The whole family then signs their name.
  • You then take the paper and tape it into a circle
  • Each night you add circles to make a “prayer” chain
  • Each Sunday (for 4 Sundays) the children are to bring their chain to their Sunday school class
  • The class then combines the chains to make one big chain for the whole class.
  • Then in a couple of weeks during a special prayer time the whole church will use that chain during part of the service. (We are going to stretch it down the center aisle and have people hold a section of it while we pray.)

So the first week our sentence was “Lord, start a revival in our family.” That week my 5 year old was always excited about making the next link of the chain. Not only that, but in our morning prayer times (on the way to school) he also prayed for a revival in our family. This week we are doing a different prayer emphasis each day. Sunday night was “Lord, do big things in our family.” That has been my son’s prayer all week, and I have to admit as much as it makes me smile it also makes me nervous, because I believe that God will answer  that prayer and I am not entirely sure I am ready.

Seed: Guided Prayer

Seed: Guided Prayer

Synopsis

This is a guided prayer activity using a seed as an object lesson.

Spiritual idea

This is a prayer of submission to God asking Him to guide you as you grow over the next part of your life.

How it works

Pass out a seed to each worshiper. I would stay away from sunflower seeds as people may want to eat them, but pretty much any other seed would work. Read the prayer below giving time for worshipers to pray where appropriate.

The Prayer:

Hold this seed in your hand. Think about the plant that it came from. Imagine the plant that it will become…

Now Think about this past year of your life. Spend some time thinking about the good and the bad things. Are you different now than you were at this time last year? Did you fulfill all that God had planned for you…

Look at the seed in your hand. Think about its potential. Think about what it can become…

Imagine there are glowing words written from the inside that you can read…These words are the plans God has for you this year. Do you see anything at all? What do the words say?

Take your time and listen for the words that God speaks to your heart. He has called you to change the world and he has a mission for you this year… Think about your potential; think about what you can become with God.

Some of those plans of God may conflict with your own desires for you life…if so acknowledge those now, don’t try to hide them…which would you prefer? Life your way or God’s way?…be honest with how you feel…ask God to give you a heart for his way…

hold out your hand and offer you seed to God…ask him to use you this year…ask him to fulfill his plan in your life…

Now close your hand and hold your seed close to you…say a short prayer of thanks to God for choosing you…thank him for inviting you to His grand adventure…

Father God, You have called us to a grand adventure, a holy quest. You have called us to be a part of your plan for changing the world. Help us each to let go of our lives and let you have control. Help us to seek out your path and follow your design on our lives. Let us grow this year as you work in our lives. Let all that we do be worship to you. Amen.

Passionate Prayer Journal

This week I had a feeling that our group needed to have a special time of prayer. In the end only 4 people showed up, but I don’t think that made the event any less important. It was good for me if nothing else.

I didn’t want to go with the whole stations thing, but at the same time I have some students who will not do well with “pray for an hour” as instructions so I tried to come up with some middle ground. I made a booklet that I called the Passionate Prayer Journal. You can check out all of the text bellow and if you want you can check out the pdf of the journal. (The cover art comes from the gallery over at creativemyk)

Passionate Prayer Screen View Version

Passionate Prayer Print Versions
(print these front to back and then fold pages together and staple them in the middle to make a booklet.)

 

Here is the Text of the Journals

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

­—James 5:16

Tonight is about prayer. It is about an intimate retreat between you and God. Don’t get caught up in the stuff in this journal or what other people are doing. Don’t worry about what you may look like or whether or not you are doing things wrong. Spend the next hour focusing on God and spending time with Him through prayer.

If you would like some guidance to your prayer time this journal is for you. It will lead you to worship God, to pray about your own life, and to pray for your friends. There is no right or wrong way to use this journal. It was designed to take each prayer activity in turn, but feel free to pray as God inspires you to pray.

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The Holiness of God

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

—1 Chronicles 16:29

God is Holy. He is set apart and different from us. He is worthy of all of our praise and more. Prayer must begin with an acknowledgement that God is greater that we are. Prayer must begin with us setting aside our desires to be in control of our lives and accepting that God is bigger and more able than we are.

Take a moment and read through the following scriptures about the greatness of God. When you have finished write your own prayer of praise to God. Write who you know God to be as and specific things that God has done for you. Think about a friend who may not know about God and write everything you think that friend should know about Him.

 

You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.

—Nehemiah 9:6

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

—Psalm 62:8

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

—Psalm 29:2

“There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—

—1 Samuel 2:2

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

—1 John 1:5

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

—Zephaniah 3:17

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

—1 John 4:16

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

—Psalm 46:1-3

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Picture Prayers

Think of your friends who don’t know God personally. Then think about friends that might have a need for God’s presence right now. Around the outside of the box write the names of those people.

Inside the box draw pictures of why God is worth following for you and for your friends. You may want to draw specific things that your friends may need from God. If you draw these things draw a line that connects the drawing and the name. Pray for your friends as you draw.

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Found Prayers

We can use the prayers of others as a guide for our own prayers. Read through the following prayers slowly. Then go back and say them as your own prayer.

Once you are finished, write a personal prayer to God. Ask God to make you passionate for the lost of our community. Ask God to give you a strong desire to tell your friends about Him.

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;

that where there is hatred, I may bring love;

that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;

that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;

that where there is error, I may bring truth;

that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;

that where there is despair, I may bring hope;

that where there are shadows, I may bring light;

that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;

to understand, than to be understood;

to love, than to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.

—St. Francis of Assisi

Dear Jesus,

Help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go, flood our souls with your Spirit and life.Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly that our lives may only be a radiance of yours.Shine through us and be so in us that every soul we come in contact with may feel your presence in our soul.Let them look up and see no longer us but only Jesus.Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be light to others.The light, O Jesus, will be all from you.None of it will be ours.It will be your shining on others through us.Let us thus praise you in the way you love best by shining on those around us.

—Daily Prayer of Mother Teresa

Lord, take me where You want me to go;

Let me meet who You want me to meet;

Tell me what You want me to say; and

Keep me out of your way.

—Father Mychal Judge – FDNY – died 9/11/01

You are holy, wonderful, majestic God.

You are the one true God of the universe.

You are holy, and righteous, and altogether worthy.

You are God.

You are all that need and all that I could ever want.

You are satisfaction and hunger

You are righteousness and mercy

You are holiness and grace

You alone are worthy of praise.

Father, I want to praise you more.

I want to worship you more.

Lord, I want to see your face

and know you more.

—Shane

 

Disturb us, Lord, when

We are too well pleased with ourselves,

When our dreams have come true

Because we have dreamed too little,

When we arrived safely

Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when

With the abundance of things we possess

We have lost our thirst

For the waters of life;

Having fallen in love with life,

We have ceased to dream of eternity

And in our efforts to build a new earth,

We have allowed our vision

Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,

To venture on wider seas

Where storms will show your mastery;

Where losing sight of land,

We shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back

The horizons of our hopes;

And to push into the future

In strength, courage, hope, and love.

—sir francis drake -1577

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Image of God

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship

—Romans 12:1

When people who don’t know Jesus look for Him they look at you. You are the picture of God that most of your friends see. What sort of picture are you presenting to them? How are you representing Christ?

Take some time and pray asking for the courage to take an honest look at your life. Think about the things in your life that are distracting others from God. Then write or draw those things on the outline of Jesus.

When you are finished, pray and ask God to forgive you.

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Pray for Our Group

Kneel and pray for our group. You can come to the altar if you want. Pray that God will use us to minister to this community. Let God break your heart as you think about the people that we should be reaching who are still desperate to know about God.

Here are some things you can pray for:

Unity

A commitment to community

A passion for God and for worship

A deep desire to tell other people about Jesus

The integrity of the leaders and members of this group

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Your Prayers, Their Shield

I don’t understand everything about prayer, but I do know that God has commanded us to pray for each other. Most of us pray for our friends when they are in trouble, but we should be praying much more than that. We should be praying for their integrity, praying that God will use them, praying that God will protect them from bad choices. In short, we should think of our prayers as their shield.

Use the outline of the shield to journal a prayer for your friends. If they don’t know Jesus pray for the privilege to talk to them about following Him.