This week we took time focusing on prayer by doing prayer stations. This time the students we allowed to go the stations in any order as long as they went to each one. This time they were required to be a little creative in some of their prayers.
We began together in the main room and everyone had a cup of water that represented themselves. The water represented anything in them that was sinful, in the way of their relationship with God, and a distraction from God. They spent time in prayer asking God to reveal what these might be in their life. Whenever they were ready they were to come up front and pour the water out into a jug representing that they were emptying themselves of the things that are holding them back. They then went back to their seat and thought about how the cup is now empty and how they need to be filled with God as they spend time with Him throughout the night.
Giving God Your All
In this room there was a table with a light shining on two pennies. The students had a sheet of paper with the following: Mark 12:41-44 And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owed, all she had to live on."
Take some time to look at the two small coins on the table. These are not the exact equivalent of what the woman had, but very close in value. Imagine that this is al you had. Would you give it to God, or would you save it for yourself?
Now think for a moment about all aspects of your life and ask yourself if you are giving God your all. Are you giving Him all of you? This is beyond giving money. Are you giving God the time He deserves? Are you giving Him the effort He deserves? If not, then spend time asking for forgiveness and committing yourself to give God your all from this moment on.
Vine and Branches
This room had a "vine" taped on the wall for the students to add to.
John 15:1-6 I am the vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. "Every brand in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
If you have been saved and are born-again then you are grafted into the true vine that is Jesus Christ. This is exciting to have that type of connection with Jesus. As a part of the vine of Jesus, there are qualities that if good will thrive and grow, but if it is a bad quality will be cut and pruned away. Take a leave or leaves and write your name on one side. Then turn the leaf over and write a good quality(s) in you that can be used to glorify God and that is thriving and growing. When done tape your leaf somewhere on the vine. Do not write "Nothing" as a quality on your leaf, because everyone has something that can be used to glorify God. If you have trouble thinking of something then consider why, whether or not you are allowing yourself to adequately grow in the vine of Jesus. You may write down as many qualities on your leaf or use as many leaves as you want. However this is not a time to lift yourself up and make yourself look good, but to praise God for what He is doing in your life.
In this room there was a sheet of paper taped on two walls. One had written "What I'm Thankful For" and the other "What/Who I'm Praying For".
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
God was showing His creativity and craftsmanship when He created you. Now is a chance for you to worship God and spend time in prayer with your creativity. One mural is for you to put "What You Are Thankful For" and the other one "What/Who You Want to Pray For". Spend some time on each mural by either drawing or writing out what you want on each. If you want to write scripture, then feel free to do so. Be as creative as you want as you express your thankfulness to God and your prayer concerns. Do not talk and please be respectful of one another's creativity.
Exodus 20:20-24 Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin." So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was. Then the Lord said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'You yourselves have seen that I have spoken to you from heaven. 'You shall not make other gods besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make for yourselves. 'You shall make an altar of earth for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen; in every place where I cause My name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you.
What are some of the idols in your life- possessions, activities, attitudes and relationships that get in the way of your relationship with God? What worries or challenges in your personal life, work, or ministry seem to loom bigger than your trust in God? Use the Play-Doh to create a symbol of these items, and then smash this idol as a sign of your desire to move closer to God's center. When you are finished go on to another room leaving this paper in your seat. (source: http://www.rethinkingyouthministry.com)