Creative prayer station ideas can take your youth ministry program to the next level. Focused prayer prompts and time for reflection will certainly help grow children’s faith.
Young followers of Jesus should devote time to prayer, Bible study and fellowship. This is why religious youth groups are so essential to the spiritual development of adolescents.
These 12 prayer station ideas work well for closing a youth meeting, worship service, small group meeting, or Bible study. Another option is to hold a special event dedicated solely to prayer prompts. Multi-purpose stations also work great for a prayer-themed retreat or youth camp. Simply ask the youth to pray from station to station.
Which prayer station ideas you use and how you adapt them to your group is up to you. But no matter what you choose, these powerful options are sure to deepen teens’ relationship with Jesus.
12 Great Ideas for Prayer Stations and Prayer Prompts
1. Creative Connections
Set up an art station for young people to color, draw or paint while they talk to God. Coloring sheets work well because teens can doodle and draw without feeling the pressure of creating something from scratch. Visual and artistic learners will especially enjoy this station for connecting with God, their Creator.
2. Fish for people
Hang a large piece of netting from the ceiling or wall. Tell the youth that this prayer station is for people who do not yet know Jesus. As the children think of a specific person to pray for, have them bend a caterpillar rod or piece of yarn into the shape of a Christian fish symbol. They can add their “fish” to the net as they pray for these people and think about how they might share the good news of the gospel with them. Visual and tactile prayer prompts are very effective with teens.
3. Choose a promise
Beforehand, write down a bunch of promises from the Bible, each on a separate sheet of paper. These can come from both the Old and New Testaments. Make sure you have a slip for each member of the youth group, as well as extras for visitors. During prayer station time, have the teens choose a promise and read it to themselves. Then they can spend a few minutes pondering what the promise means to them right now. Lay out notebooks for the children to journal about the promise, if they wish.
4. Shine like stars
On a board or poster, write this phrase from Philippians 2:15: “Shine among them like stars in the sky. Arrange star shapes and pens out of yellow construction paper. Ask group members to each take a star and write down one or more ways they can shine for Jesus in this dark world. Provide prayer prompts, if needed. Hang or attach the stars to create a constellation collage so teens can see each other’s ideas.
5. Prayers for Healing
Beforehand, cut out a person shape from a large sheet of newspaper. Also have sticky notes and pens. For prayer prompts, have the children read Bible passages about miracles related to healing. Then ask them to write down healing prayers, either for others or for themselves. They can stick each prayer note on the relevant body part or any part of the person’s shape.
6. Floating Prayers
Fill a shallow tub or kiddie pool with an inch or two of water. Lay out different types and colors of paper, as well as scissors and writing instruments. Have the children write a prayer request or name, then cut and fold the paper into shapes (flowers, hearts, etc.). Then have them place the form on the water and pray as they watch their request float and slowly unfold before God, who hears and answers all of our prayers.