Back to School Prayer Stations

This is a collection of seven prayer stations specifically designed for a back to school prayer service. Check out the general instructions below and if you have any questions let me know.

How it Works

  • Create a space for each station. The station will dictate what sort of space is required, but normally a table containing the instructions and materials will be sufficient.
  • Spread the stations out around your room so that participants will be able to move freely between them.
  • Include space around your room for participants to simply sit and worship too
  • Spend some time designing your stations with material, candles, and other elements that seem appropriate.
  • Print the instructions for each station and place them where they can be seen easily.
  • Place the materials on each station. (If something is going to be used and placed back you may need only a few of them, if something will be used and taken you will need as many as you have participants)
  • Play some soft music while people are engaged with the stations to cut down on distractions and help keep people focused.


  • several pieces of clay
  • wipes or hand sanitizer
  • place to throw wipes away


Isaiah 64:8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

For some unknown reason God chooses to use us to accomplish his plans. More than that, he loves using us. The Bible calls God the potter and us the clay to be molded.

Take a piece of clay and kneed it in your fingers. As you do ask God to show you where he wants to use you. Ask him to mold you into a tool He can use to reach your friends.



  • tea lights
  • matches
  • a place to place burned matches
  • Bibles

Set up:

Place a number of tea lights on a table. A good number would be to double the number of people you think would be attending. Be sure that the lights are sitting on something that will be ok if it gets wax on it. Place matches and a place to put burned matches on the table along with the instructions. If students don’t normally have Bibles you may want to provide them as well.


Read Matthew 5:13-16 Many people live in darkness, but the Bible calls you to be the light of the world. Think for a moment about your friends who don’t know God. Pray for them, that God will open their eyes and hearts to His joy. Pray that he will use you to help them see His light. Then light a candle as a symbol of God bringing light to their lives.



  • instructions sheet

Set up: Print the instructions on the front of your paper and the verses listed below on the back. (All verses come from the NIV)


Sometimes we don’t tell others about God because we have a very small idea of who God is. It is like we have God in a little box. That idea of God isn’t very inspiring to those around us and it isn’t true.

Using the verses on the back of this sheet, take a guided tour of the greatness of God. Read each verse slowly and let the majesty of God wash over you.

As you read imaging you are trying to cram more and more truth into your little God box. Imagine the box straining at the seams until finally, as you read the last verse, the box explodes and God is revealed in all His glory.


Deut. 4:24 the Lord your God is a consuming fire

Deut. 4:31 the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath.

Deut. 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.

2 Samuel 22:3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior

Job 36:22 “God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him?

Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 46:1-3 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 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.

2 Cor. 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

1 John 1:5 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 4:16 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.

Zeph. 3:17 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.”



  • large pictures of the schools your students attend
  • small pieces of paper for journaling (we used letter paper cut into quarter sheets)
  • cork board
  • push pins
  • pens
  • Bible
  • Place the school pictures on the cork board so that students can pin their prayers on top of them.


Open your Bible and read Ephesians 6:18

It has been said that we don’t talk to our friends about God because we don’t talk to God about our friends. Too often we forget to pray for our friends and for our schools.

Find a place to be by yourself and use the paper provided to journal a prayer for your school and your friends. When you are finished come back and pin your prayer on top of your school.

As each worshiper prays you will see your school covered in prayers.

(If you don’t have a school or if your school isn’t pictured then you can still pray for your friends and place your prayer out to the side)



  • pens


Find a place to be alone. Think of at least 3 people in your life who need to know about the love of God. It could be a member of your family or your close friend. Write their names below.

Now kneel down and pray for each one of the names you have written. No gimmicks, no tricks, just take their name before the Lord. Pray passionately for them. Ask God to soften their hearts. Ask God to give you an opportunity to tell them about His love.

Whatever you do, however you do it, just pray.



Moon Sand (available at a department store or toy store). You will need several containers.


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. 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 a class that you have during the day. On the back of this sheet write the names of all the people in that class. As you do 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.



  • large piece of paper on a focal wall
  • pens/markers
  • instructions posted where they were easy to read

Instructions: Read 1 Peter 3:15

If Christianity is so hard then why is it worth it? Why would anyone choose to follow God? Is it just so they can go to heaven?

On the wall write or draw reasons someone would want to follow God. You can write as many as you want.

7 thoughts on “Back to School Prayer Stations

  • August 12, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    We're having Back to School Sunday at our church on August 22 and I was looking for some prayer stations to do with our teenagers. I came across your blog and it was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas! What a gift to me this morning. Grace and peace to you and blessings over your ministry!

  • September 7, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Thanks so much. We are going to go through this prayer service with our youth this week. Great Ideas and simple practical ways to make the truth and promises of God stick. Thanks for taking the time to share your ideas and make it easier for others. You are doing a great thing for the kingdom.

  • September 8, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    very good stuff. I used a modified version for our back to school prayer night last month…tremendous night!!
    just curious–where did you get the “we don’t talk to our friends about God….” quote in “Intersession”?

  • September 11, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Honestly I don’t remember. I am thinking I saw it in a youth Sunday school lesson once, but I can’t really be sure. I had a print out of that quote on my office door for years so that is the only place I can picture it.

  • October 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Awesome stuff i just discovered this sight last night and i love it. Thank you nailscars for not only giving your ideas but allowing it to be free.

  • May 20, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Thank you for these great ideas. Some will be used this weekend in South America for our international youth camp! thank you!


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