Jesus gave us the Lord’s Prayer as as an example of how to pray. These six prayer stations with creative activities and printable posters will engage your youth with each part of the Lord’s Prayer. It will help your youth go deeper than just reciting the words, to getting to the heart of how we can talk with our heavenly Father. These stations work well with a small group (up to 10 people), but could easily be adapted for a larger group.
Print out the Prayer Station posters (with instructions) and set up six prayer stations in your meeting space with the equipment needed (see below).
Start by explaining how you want your youth to engage with the prayer stations, for example:
- This is a special time for you to spend with God.
- Do these activities silently and prayerfully.
- Respect other people’s time with God by not distracting them.
- You can choose how long you spend at each station and what order you do them in.
- Some stations can only be done by one person at a time. Wait quietly until you can have your turn.
Station 1: Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be your Name
Equipment: a Bible or copy of Psalm 19, paper, pen
The Lord’s prayer begins by worshiping our heavenly Father. Hallowed means holy. What words can you think of to describe God?
Now read Psalm 19.
We are going to write a new Psalm, worshiping our Father in Heaven.
Using your own words, write one sentence about God at the top of the piece of paper.
Once you have written your sentence, fold the paper over so it is hidden from the next person.
Station 2: Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be Done, on Earth as it is in Heaven
Equipment: 3 strands of different coloured wool, knotted together at one end and taped to a table
Think about the issues people are facing:
- At your school (e.g. bullying, loneliness, school pressure),
- In New Zealand (e.g. poverty, the election),
- Around the world (e.g. war, poverty, global warming)
Spend 1 minute in silence praying for each of these issues. Pray that God’s will be done.
One strand of wool represents your school, one represents our nation of New Zealand and the last one represents the world. Continue to pray. As you do, plait the three strands together, to represent your prayers. You are joining your prayers with the others in the group.
Station 3: Give us today our daily bread
Equipment: beanbag or cushions, a sign with the words ‘Please pray with me’, paper, pens
God loves it when we talk to him about what’s on our mind. He is there to help us with what we need for each day.
Sit on the bean bag and spend some time silently talking to God about what you need help with today. You may like to write your prayers to God.
It often helps when others pray with us. If there is anything you would like a leader to pray about with you, turn the sign so it shows the words ‘Please pray with me’ and they will come as soon as they are free.
Station 4: Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us
Equipment: laptop with clip ‘The Power of Forgiveness’, headphones
Put the headphones on and watch the video.
Is there anyone who has hurt you or done something wrong that you need to forgive? Pray for them and ask God to help you forgive them.
Is there anything you need to say sorry to God for? Anything you shouldn’t have done? Anything you should have done – but didn’t?
If we confess our sins to God, he will forgive us sins and make us clean on the inside.
Silently pray this prayer:
Merciful God, we have sinned in what we have thought and said. In the wrong we have done and in the good we have not done. We have sinned in ignorance, we have sinned in weakness, we have sinned through our own deliberate fault. We repent and turn to you. Forgive us for our Saviour Christ’s sake, and renew our lives to the glory of your name. Amen.
God forgives you. Be at peace.
Station 5: Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
Equipment: squares of tinfoil – enough for one per person
Take a square of tinfoil. Shape something out of the tinfoil that is a symbol of something you find tempting to do (but you know that you shouldn’t).
As you shape the tinfoil, be honest with God about your temptation, and ask Him to help you to avoid being tempted by it.
Now reshape your tinfoil into something positive that you can do instead.
This time, as you shape your tinfoil, ask God to also be shaping you: to help you to be strong when you feel tempted, and to choose good over evil.
Leave your final tinfoil shape here to encourage and inspire others.
Station 6: For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.
Equipment: large piece of paper/card, craft supplies (glue, scissors, crayons, coloured paper etc), magazines, newspapers
Using the materials provided, create a wordless prayer to our God, the powerful, glorious King of Heaven and Earth. Create your own part or build on and add to what someone else has already created.
When everyone has finished the stations, read out the Psalm that they wrote together at Station 1. Look at their wordless prayer collage that they created at Station 6. Discuss and reflect on their experiences during their time of prayer today.