Stuff You Can Use: Broken Hearts Prayer Station

I 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.

Prayer Stations

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: Broken Hearts

Themes: Disappointment, heartbreak, healing 

Scripture Passages: Psalm 147:3

Supplies: Small hearts (that can be broken), hammer, small container 


Unfortunately, hearts are easily broken.

Your best friend might betray you.

Your parents might disappoint you.

Your significant other might break up with you.

Your spouse might hurt you deeply.

Think about one way you've had your heart broken.

As you do, take a small heart and use the hammer to smash it.

Gather the remnants of your broken heart and place them in one of the heart containers.

As you do, meditate on this verse.

Psalm 147:3:

God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

As you hold the container housing the pieces of your broken heart, pray boldly for God to heal it. 

Download this Prayer Station as a PDF here.

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Get The Two P's 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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