Stuff You Can Use: Big Mistakes Prayer Station

Prayer StationsI am a big believer in the power of experiential learning. To this end, instead of giving a talk about prayer, I'd much rather create a series of prayer stations designed to give students the opportunity to pray in a variety of ways.

Over the next several weeks, I'll be posting some of my favorite prayer stations. Prayer stations can be used collectively during a prayer night or individually, as part of a larger lesson. For example: This particular prayer station was used as part of a prayer experience during a winter retreat focused on sex, love, and dating.

Prayer Station: Big Mistakes  

Scripture Link: Psalm 103:11-13; 1 Peter 4:8

Themes: Forgiveness, Grace  


- Paper

- Eraser   

- Pencils 


Take a sheet of paper. On it, make a list of mistakes you've made this week.

Now consider these Scripture passages:

Psalm 103:11-13:
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far he removes our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion for his children,
so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.

1 Peter 4:8:
Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.

These passages mean that through Jesus' death and resurrection, no matter how badly we sin, we are forgiven.

To help you remember this, read your list of mistakes OUT LOUD. After each mistake, say, “I am forgiven.”

Then take the eraser and erase each of the mistakes you listed. After all, as Psalm 103 says, God has “removed those transgressions from you.” As you erase your mistakes, thank God for his forgiveness.

Download this Prayer Station as a PDF here.

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Get the Broken Prayer Station here.

Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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