Stuff You Can Use: What Are You Afraid Of? Prayer Station

I'm 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 that I've written. 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 junior high & high school winter retreat focused on self-image. 

2017 Prayer Stations

Prayer Station: What are you afraid of? 

Themes: Fear

Scripture Link: The story of Joseph in the book of Genesis (Genesis 37 - 50); 2 Timothy 1:7

Supplies: Window markers, Spray bottles filled with water, Paper towels 

Directions: 

In the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis, Joseph is sold by his brothers into slavery. He's then brought to a foreign country, Egypt, where he's sold to Potiphar. Once in Potiphar's house, Joseph is falsely accused of rape by Potiphar's wife and then imprisoned indefinitely.

Imagine all the fears Joseph must have faced as these things were happening to him.

Now, think about your life.

What are you afraid of? Why?

Using the window marker, make a list of your fears on the window.

Reread the fears you listed on the window. How do each of these fears impact your self-image?

Then, consider this passage from 2 Timothy 1:7:

God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

Using the spray bottle of water and a paper towel, erase each fear you listed on the window. As you do, say this verse from 2 Timothy 1:7 as your prayer:

God did not give me a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

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Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the director of youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, 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 the forthcoming 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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