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. 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 Feminine God
Scripture Link: Genesis 1:27; Isaiah 42:14; Isaiah 66:13; Isaiah 49:15
Themes: God, Femininity
- Construction paper
Genesis 1:27 says,
So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; Male and female he created them.
If God created both males and females in his image, then it seems as though he has both masculine and feminine characteristics. Why then do we almost always think of God as a he?
Consider, for a moment, these descriptions of God from the Bible:
For a long time I [God] have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant. (Isaiah 42:14)
As a mother comforts her child, so will I [God] comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem. (Isa. 66:13)
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I [God] will not forget you! (Isa. 49:15)
With this in mind, take a sheet of construction paper. On it, draw God as a female.
Next to your drawing, write a prayer to God in which you use only feminine pronouns when talking to her.
Leave your drawing & prayer on the table.
Download this Prayer Station as a PDF here.
Get the Jesus' Love Prayer Station here.
Get the Broken Prayer Station here.