Stuff You Can Use: Mirror, Mirror On The Wall 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.

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.

Prayer Station: Mirror, Mirror On The Wall 

Scripture Link: Luke 19:1-10

Themes: Identity; Self-Image


Small mirror (hand-held, large enough for multiple people to write on)


Small wooden doll 


In Luke 19:1-10, we meet Zacchaeus, a tax collector who most everyone (including himself) would have considered to be a liar and a cheat who was unworthy & unloved.

Look in the mirror at yourself. When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

Take a sharpie and write a few words on the mirror to describe how you see yourself.

Then consider the Gospel.

How do you think Jesus saw Zacchaeus? Why?

How do you think Jesus sees you? Why?

Take your sharpie and write down how you think Jesus sees you on the wooden doll.

Then read through all the words written on the wooden doll as a reminder that this is how Jesus sees you.

Download this Prayer Station as a PDF here.

Get the Jesus' Love 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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