Stuff You Can Use: The Body We Hate 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 StationsOver 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: The Body We Hate   

Scripture Link: 1 Corinthians 6:19

Themes: Body, Self-image 


- Outline of the body 

- Pen

- Self-Stick Flags


Think about your body. Which of your body parts are you most self-conscious about? Why?

Take an orange flag. Write the name of the body part you are most self-conscious about on it & stick it next to that body part on the picture.

Next, which of you body parts do you hate the most? Why?

Take a pink flag. Write the name of the body part you hate the most on it and stick it next to that body part on the picture.

Look at your flags as well as the flags of other people. What do you think God sees when he looks at the body parts you just named? Why?

Consider 1 Corinthians 6:19:

Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.

To you, what does that mean?

If your body is a temple, what does that suggest about the parts you named?

If your body is a temple, regardless of how self-conscious you might be about it, how should you treat it? Why?

Take a yellow flag. On your yellow flag, write down one way you can treat your body as a temple. Then stick it on the margins of the picture of the body.

As you stick your yellow flag on the picture, say a prayer committing yourself to do what you just wrote.

Download this Prayer Station as a PDF here.

Get the Big Mistakes Prayer Station here. 

Get The Feminine God Prayer Station here.

Get The Perfect Spouse 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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