So for the last SEVERAL weeks during our Wednesday Night Kids Discipleship Groups (KDGs), we’ve been discussing prayer. We sat down and broke The Lord’s Prayer down. the Break down as as follows:
Week 1: Our Father in heaven,
Week 2: hallowed be your name,
Week 3: your kingdom come,
Week 4: your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Week 5: Give us today our daily bread.
Week 6: Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Verse 14 was included in this discussion
Week 7: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Then on week 8 we discussed intercessory prayer. Well afterwards I had planned to pick up where we left off in our journey through the book of John. But i struggled through it. I never felt at peace to leave the the concept of prayer and begin again in John. As i prayed about it i felt God speaking to me that I felt uncomfortable because it was not time yet. We needed to do one last thing. Practical application.
I then realized what I needed to do. We built Prayer stations! Now for those of you who do not know about the breakdown of our Wednesday night program this is basically how it goes. All the kids ages4 up through 6th grade come into the kids church. Together we worship and there is a small instruction time for the entire group. The purpose is to provide the little ones opportunity to get to know myself and the staff of The Deep better so it’s not such a big transition from WD Kidz into The Deep. (if you felt i was speaking Greek in that last sentence follow this link it’ll explain what I just said. [click me] )
After this the WD Kidz then go across the hall for a lesson based around their age range with one of our AWESOME teachers. At this point my assistant Dana (who is also very awesome) and I break the kids off into two small groups. Well last night Dana reviewed with the kids the last 8 weeks while i set up the prayer stations.
Each prayer station consisted of an item that represented the prayer need and a note that helped the kids pray. Before releasing them i told them what each station was, told them to go to each one and pray for the need. While there was a pre-written prayer for each one i encouraged the kids to go ahead and pray more than what was just written out. Below are pictures of each prayer station and the note that was at each station that instructed Kids.
If you don’t want to read it all that’s cool but don’t click off! Scroll to the bottom so you can see what happened 🙂
The first station was for the church. I put this bench/alter down and left this note
Hebrews 10:25 says “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” To encourage each other doesn’t mean just saying nice things to each other. It also means to pray for each other. What you will do here is pray for our church, The Healing Place.
Pray this prayer:
“Our God and Father in heaven. Thank you so much for giving us a place to meet. God please bless Pastor Scott. Help him to hear you speak to him. Give him the power to preach and teach what you want us to hear. Touch the people here at The Healing Place. Help us to do what you want us to do. Help us to be strong good Christians. Amen”
We then prayed for our Families. I used this couch as the focal point to represent the family. This is the note i left
In Acts chapter 16 a guard a jail asked Paul what he must do to become a Christian. Paul told him to believe in God! He then told the guard that God would save this man’s family. This story shows how much God cares about families. While here at this station you will be praying for your family. After you pray the prayer written down if you need to pray for anything special about your family go ahead and do it.
“Dear God, Thank you so much for my family. Thank you that you love us. Thank you that you take care of us. Please bless my family. Help us to love you, to serve you, and to worship you. I pray that you will continue to take care of us. Amen”
Next we prayed for our schools. For this i left some textbooks out and then left this note:
In Acts 26:24 people were saying, “Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad” to Paul. They said that because they were amazed at how much he knew. Paul studied so much and knew so much that they thought he was CRAZY! School is very important to God. God put teachers in your life to help you learn things that you will need to know in the future. Even though it’s near the end of school you still need to pray for your school.
Pray this prayer:
“Dear God, thank you for my teachers at my school. Please bless each one of them. Let them know that you love them and that you are there for them. I pray that you continue to help them teach me and other kids at my school. I pray that you also use me to tell people about Jesus while I’m at school. Amen”
This next one is for praying for people who are not Christians and are therefore going to hell. I explained to the kids that people who are not Christians are often called “lost” and “in darkness” and that it’s our job to take the Light of Christ and go into the dark places show them who Jesus is. So they had to go under the table to see the following note:
People going to hell
As you know people who have not asked Jesus to forgive them of their sins, things that go against God’s law, and then promise to do what He tells us to do, go to Hell. I want you to take a moment and think about someone you know who is going to Hell. A person you know that has not asked Jesus to forgive them and is not living their life in a way that make God happy. I’m not going to give you a prayer to pray here, all you simply need to do is pray out loud asking God to save that person. Name them out loud.
(Fyi this prayer station is the one that the kids spent the most time at. I had a bit of a line at this one)
The next station was this little swimming pool. I don’t want the kids to think you only pray for the typical church things. We need to be praying for world events. Praying about things that may be far away from them but that are still very serious. this next station was where they prayed for the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the note:
Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico
You might have heard about the big ugly mess in the Gulf of Mexico. Somehow a big oil pipe broke and It’s spilling lots and lots of oil into the ocean. This is hurting the animals and other sea life. At this station we will pray for God to help stop the oil from leaking out everywhere.
Pray this prayer:
“Dear God, Please do a miracle in the Gulf of Mexico. Please stop the oil from spilling out everywhere. Help the poor animals who are getting hurt from all this oil. We know that you are a great big God and you can do these things. Amen”
The next station was this friendship bracelet. Obviously this was all about praying for our friends. This is the note:
Proverbs 27:17 says ” As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” This verse tells us how important it is to have good Christian friends. Christian friends help us to become better Christians. At this station you will be praying for your friends. If you have a friend who is not a Christian then pray for them to become Christians and say their name out loud as you pray for them.
“Dear Lord, thank you for the good Christian friends that I have. Please continue to bless them. Help them to become better Christians. Thank you that they help me to become a better Christian. I pray also for my friends who are not Christians. I pray that your Holy Spirit will speak to them. I pray that they will become Christians too! Amen”
Our next station was all about missions so the station was the BGMC poster. This is the note:
BGMC and Missions
At this station we will be praying for BGMC (click on BGMC to learn what it is) and for Mission. BGMC is the program that we collect money for each month so that missionaries can help tell people about Jesus. Missionaries are Christians who go to other countries or places far away from their home to tell others about Jesus.
“Dear Lord, Please touch the missionaries across the world. Keep them safe. Help them to tell people about Jesus. Help them to do what you want them to do. Amen”
The final station was all about healing. For this i put my cane down on the table. Here’s the note:
People who are sick and hurting
In Isaiah 53:5 we read that we are healed because of the wounds that Jesus took. He has made it possible for us to pray for people who are sick and hurting and see them healed. Of course people hurt in different ways.
Some people are physically hurt. They might have fallen and hurt their knees or stub their toe. Some people’s feelings have been hurt. Someone may have said something mean to them or someone did something really mean to them so their feelings are hurt.
And sometimes people are sick. They have the sniffles or they just feel really gross on the inside. In EVERY case God can heal them. All you need to do is pray for them. So while at this station I want you to think of a person who’s sick or hurt and pray for them and ask God to do a wonderful miracle for them.
The result of this was Amazing. I turned off the main lights and played music. I prayed over the kids and this time and released them. here’s a couple of vids showing what it was like. Sorry for the poor quality it was on my cell phone.
I’m not going to lie. I wasn’t entirely sure how well this worked out. But these kids really pressed in and interceded for these needs. I had kids crying and seeking God’s will these things. Dana and i could do nothing but sit back and just enjoy the goodness of God and feel encouraged that our kids were getting it. They not only stood what we taught but they were able to put it in action.
Praise God for His goodness.!