Thursday, March 1, 2012

Prayer Stations- 2/29/12

After wrapping up the "Got Questions?" series last week, it felt like a good time to have a Wednesday Night Worship of Prayer Stations and really spend some time in prayer to God.  We began with a couple of songs: "Song of Hope" (Robbie Seay Band), and "Cannons" (Phil Wickham).  Afterward we got right into the prayer stations.  We did it differently this time by giving each student a prayer guide that gave directions for each prayer station. They could go to each of the prayer stations in any order, except they were to begin the night on the very first one.  Here are the directions given for each prayer station:

Spring Cleaning
Last week we had a workday here at the youth house where we did some painting, and some Spring cleaning.  We got rid of a lot of junk that was of no value and threw it away.  As a result, some rooms are now cleaner and can be used for a greater purpose than storing junk.  Take a few moments and consider your own life.  What kind of clutter and junk are you currently storing in your own life that is keeping you from a greater purpose?  Is there any sin in your life right now that needs to be cleaned out by Jesus Christ? Take some time and ask God to reveal anything to you that you are holding onto and need to get rid of.  Do some Spring cleaning in your own life.

Prayer Needs
At some point in the night, go to the couches where Nathan and Belinda are seated and take a seat in front of one of them.  Take a moment and share with them anything that you would like for them to pray about in your life.  Even if you cannot think of anything, still take some time at this station so that one of them can pray over you.

Look At The Cross
As we approach Easter we will be spending much time focusing on the cross and the death that Jesus died for our sins.  Take some time to look at the cross on the floor and read the verses attached.  Spend some time in worship as you consider what Jesus has done for you by giving His life.  After reading the verses, take a few moments and sit down and reflect on the cross and thank Jesus for His love.
This was in the room in our building that has a cross taped to the ground.  The cross had the following verses attached to it for the students to read:  1 Peter 3:18, Romans 5:8, 1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:5.

A Light In The Dark
In our recent journey through “The Story” we have talked a lot about faith and looked at individuals who by faith followed God in many different ways.  Abraham showed faith numerous times.  When God called him to leave his homeland, he took a step of faith and followed God.  When God told Abraham to take his son Isaac and offer him as a sacrifice, Abraham followed God and was going to offer the sacrifice when God provided the ram.  We read in the life of Joseph how when he was in the midst of difficult and trying times that He followed God.  This is evident by the fact that it says multiple times that “God was with Joseph”.  These men and others show us that while it is not easy to step out in faith and follow God, that it is worthwhile!  Read the following song lyrics a few times and let the words speak to your heart and use it as a prayer to God:
I’ll reach for Your hand in the night
When the shadows swallow the light
‘Cause I’m giving up, giving in
Once again a childlike faith is my only way to see in the dark
While this room is dark, there is still plenty of light to see coming from the center.  You may be in a dark situation in your life at the moment.  You may be dealing with fear, in the midst of a crisis, or seeking God’s direction.  Whatever you are facing, God is the light in the midst of the darkness for you to follow.  Spend some seeking God’s direction if you are in search of it.  If you are dealing with fear, ask God to be your source of strength and guide you out of it.  If you are in the midst of a crisis, ask God to shine on you and give you peace and that His light will guide through it.

In the first box below, make a list of things that you do each week: school, work, sports, sleep, chores, hangout with friends, Bible study, church, etc.
There was a box here to write these items.
-Now go back and write beside each item where it ranks in priority in your life.
-Next re-write this list in the box below, but this time listing them in order based on the amount of time you spend on each from most time to least.
There was a second box here to write these items.

The students had these final directions:
After you have spent some time at each station, quietly go back to your seat and spend some more time in prayer and worship of God.  Feel free to read Scripture, and pray for one another.  Use the space below to write down any reflections from the night, anything that God has spoken to you about, or even to write out a prayer to Him.

After some time we sang "The Stand" (Hillsong United) and it was really a sweet way to end the night.  It was a great night all around and I believe that God spoke to the students.  I loved being able to be a part of the station where I was able to pray for students.  Some students did not have anything specific but just allowed me to pray over them, which was a privilege.  Others had specific things in their lives, struggles, decisions, etc. and I was able to pray for these things specifically.  It was definitely a great night in the student ministry!

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