Prayer Labyrinth

Prepared by Major Carol Wilkins and Linda Faye Jones
USA Central Territorial Headquarters

The prayer labyrinth was designed for people to have a personal, private time with God and better understand themselves and their walk/relationship with Christ.

Each person walks through nine prayer stations with a prayer journal handout and pen. There should be no talking or standing behind another person while going through the prayer labyrinth.

PREPARATION

When preparing your prayer labyrinth, give attention to the atmosphere of the room; use low lighting (flameless candles preferred), reflective worship music, tablecloths/skirting, inspirational scripture art, crosses, floral arrangements, etc. Be sure the atmosphere is set for prayer.

Feel free to adapt the labyrinth for age appropriateness. For health concerns, you may want to have a bottle of hand sanitizer at each "hands-on" station.

PRAYER STATIONS

1) Blessing Enemies, Forgiving Others

Supplies:

Washable Markers
Small River Rocks
Basin for Water
Tabletop Fountain
Towel or Paper Towels with Trash Can

Station instructions:

"But I (Jesus) say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." (Luke 6:27, 28)

Meditate on the above verse, and as you do, ponder who some of the people you consider "enemies" are. When a name (or "names") pop into your head, pick up a stone and use one of the markers to print the person's initials on the stone.

While holding the stone in your hand, say a "prayer of blessing" for the person you wrote down. After the prayer, wash the stone in the water and allow God to wash away the bad feelings you hold against that person as the water washes the ink off.

Please take the stone with you as a reminder of the person you prayed for.

2) Candle Lighting Hope Into the World

Supplies:

Flameless Tea Lights
Large Flat World Map (do not use a globe)

Station instructions:

Do you believe that tomorrow is just an extension of today, or do you believe that things can change; that people can change?

We believe in Hope. Not a blind hope, but a Hope that charges through the tragedy and brokenness of life with purpose.

For centuries, lighting a candle has been a symbol representing the offering up of a prayer to God.

Think of a hope you have. Big or little, it doesn't matter. As you light a candle (turn it on), share that hope with God. Just as the flame lights up from the candle, envision your prayer rising up to God.

When you are finished with your candle, please turn it off and leave it for the next person.

3) Being Christ Like

Supplies:

Powerbars
Bread
Candy Hearts
Granola with Oats
Beef Jerky
Wafers
Chocolate
7 Platters/Bowls
7 Serving Tongs/Spoons
Napkins

Station instructions:

Christians say their goal is to become like Christ. Just what exactly does that mean?

When we choose to follow Christ, we are giving up control of our own life and begin to live Christ-like. The Holy Spirit starts to change us from the inside out, making us into the people God meant us to be. As we are becoming more like Christ, we are becoming what God intended us to be: people of discipline, honesty, love, humility, patience, kindness, mercy and grace.

Look at the different characteristics of Christ on the table. Think about which characteristic needs the most work in your life. Choose the one you need most help with and follow the directions.

Labels for food platters:

The power bars on the table represent discipline. Take a piece and eat it. As you do, pray that God will fill you with strength and self control, that you will be changed into a person with discipline. Think about how the food you are eating becomes a part of you; imagine how the Holy Spirit will do the same, changing you into a person with discipline.

The bread on the table represents honesty. Take a piece and eat it. As you do, pray that God will change your habits, that you will be changed into an honest person. Just as the food you are eating becomes a part of you, imagine how the Holy Spirit will do the same, changing you into a person of integrity.

The candy hearts on the table represent love. Take one and eat it. As you do, pray that God will fill you with love for others. Just as the candy tastes good and becomes a part of you, imagine how the Holy Spirit does the same with you, filling you with love for others.

The granola oats on the table represent humility. Take a handful and eat. As you do, pray that God will give you opportunities to serve and that you will be bold enough to do so. Think about how the oats you are eating become a part of you, then imagine how the Holy Spirit does the same with you, changing you into a humble person.

The beef jerky on the table represents patience. Take a piece and eat it. As you do, pray that God will change you and fill you with patience. Think about how the food you are eating becomes a part of you, then imagine how the Holy Spirit is doing the same with you, filling you with patience for others.

The wafers on the table represent kindness. Take a one and eat it. As you do, pray that God will give you opportunities to show kindness to others and that you will not be too busy to do so. Just as the wafer tastes good and becomes a part of you, imagine how the Holy Spirit does the same with you, changing you into a person of kindness.

The chocolate on the table represent grace. Take a piece and eat it. As you do, pray that God will help you see those moments when you should show grace to others and that you will not be too prideful to do so. Just as the chocolate tastes good and becomes a part of you, imagine how the Holy Spirit does the same with you, changing you into a person of grace.

4) Fruits of the Spirit

Supplies:

3 oz. Disposable Cups
9 Types of Juice*
9 Pitchers
Napkins

*We used Orange, Grape, Tomato, Pineapple, V8 Fusion, Cranberry, Grapefruit and Fruit Punch. Or, use fruit-flavored jelly beans for children to avoid spills.

Station instructions:

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22)

Have you ever thought about why Paul called it fruit? Possibly it is because fruit grows. Some of you have developed only the tiniest first buds, barely noticeable in your life. For others, those buds have opened into the beautiful, fragrant and fragile blossoms. Those blossoms give way to small, hard, unripe fruit that, over time, grows and develops to full maturity. This process takes time.

On the table, are several pitchers of fruit juice labeled with the fruits of the Spirit. Consider which one you have least of in your life. Pour some of that juice into a cup. Pray that God would fill you with that fruit and grow it in you. Then drink. Let the symbol of you drinking that cup be a symbol of your openness to God changing you and filling you.

5) Discovery Beach

Supplies:

Portable DVD Player/Computer with DVD of ocean waves (sound playing softly)
Bench
Area Rug
Sea Glass Pebbles

Station instructions:

Pretend you are sitting at the beach or walking towards the ocean you see. Pretend the rug is the sand. Hear the waves of the ocean; take in the scenery around you.

Pick up a piece of sea glass from the beach and look at it. Isn't it interesting that the water has eroded and softened the edges of this glass over time?

Can you see yourself as a piece of sea glass?

Take time to realize all the work God has done in your life so far. Think about the amazing works He has accomplished in your life. God has begun a great work in your life and He will continue to do it. Praise Him for all He has done in your life.

You may take the piece of sea glass with you as a reminder of God working in your life.

6) In God's Image

Supplies:

Framed Mirror
Post-It Notes
Pencils

Station instructions:

"Then God said, "Let us make man (humanity) in our image, according to our likeness." (Genesis 1:26 )

Feel your pulse, which is caused by the heart pumping the blood running through you. What you feel is life! A gift from God, your Maker!

Look in the mirror. What do you see? Just a body? A soul? A mind? When you see yourself do you cringe or do you praise God?

Look closely, and ask God to show you the real you. Then take a post-it note and write a short prayer.* Then place the note on the mirror's frame.

*Examples: "May others see Christ in me;" "Use me to love others;" "Help me to love as Jesus loved."

7) God in the World

Supplies:

Large Roll of White Paper
Markers

Station instructions:

There is a large sheet of paper on the table. Take time to brainstorm the two questions written on it:
What is God doing through me?

What is God doing through The Salvation Army?

Write as many things as you can think of. When you are done writing, reflect on these questions for yourself (in your mind or write in your prayer journal):

If we, the people at this worship gathering, are part of the Body of Christ, what are some ways we are being Christ-like to others already?

What more could we be doing?

What are you going to do about it?

8) Footprints in the Sand

Supplies:

Paper on ground to simulate a sandy walkway
"Footprints In the Sand" Poem displayed on plaque or poster
Outline of a footprint on half sheets of paper
Pencils

Station instructions:

Read the well-known poem, "Footprints in the Sand." Let the reality of the poem seep into your heart and mind. Take a half-sheet footprint and write on it how God is "carrying" (taking care of you), then place your footprint on the walkway.

9) Confession With Sand

Supplies:

7 Small Buckets
7 Small scoops
Large Wooden Cross
Baggies (sandwich size)

Station instructions:

Many of us have trouble with the concept of sin. It's difficult to accept that even when we are trying to be good; there are areas of our life that remain against God's ideal for us. We may still harbor lusts, tell lies or make hurtful comments to others.

Hard as it is to accept our failures, it may be even harder to confess them-even privately in prayer to God. However, that is what God asks us to do:

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

These buckets of sand represent typical areas of sinfulness. Think about which sin needs the most work in your life. Choose the one you need most help with and follow the directions.

Greed
Take a moment and think about this last week. Were you selfish? Did you take more of something than you needed? Were you greedy with your money? Time? Do you wish you had more money or things?

If yes, take a scoop of sand and put it in your bag.

Laziness
Did you choose to lay around the house instead of working or doing chores around the house? Did you oversleep last weekend? Did you watch TV or a movie instead of doing something you know needs doing?

If yes, take a scoop of sand and put it in your bag.

Losing your Temper/Hate/Prejudice
Did you lose your temper with your spouse or kids this week? Or a friend, co-worker or neighbor? Is there someone you treated badly lately? Do you find yourself hating your enemies (personal and national)?

If yes, take a scoop of sand and put it in your bag.

Jealousy/Envy
Do you wish you had something your friend has? Are you jealous of their car, friends, spouse, house or family? Do you wish you looked like someone else?

If yes, take a scoop of sand and put it in your bag.

Pride/Arrogance/Vanity
Do you spend over 10 minutes looking in the mirror every day? Is there anyone you think you are smarter than, better than, nicer looking than? Did you refuse to apologize even though you knew you were wrong? Have you tried to make someone feel stupid? Have you called someone a name?

If yes, take a scoop of sand and put it in your bag.

Overindulgence
Do you have a bad habit that you just can't quit? Have you overeaten lately? Have you bought things you didn't need? Have you shopped for clothes even though you have a full closet or tools even though you have a full workshop? Is there something you can't quit even though it's harmful to you or those around you?

If yes, take a scoop of sand and put it in your bag.

Lying/Cheating
Is there someone with whom you've been dishonest? Have you lied to anyone in your life recently? Have you cheated? Have you hidden the truth? Have you been dishonest with your spouse? Have you taken credit for something that's not yours?

If yes, take a scoop of sand and put it in your bag.

Large Wooden Cross

Is your baggie empty or full of sand? Do you want to carry this burden of sand that you've picked up along the way, or would you like to leave it at the Cross? Place your bag at the foot of the cross as a symbol of giving your sins to God so His peace and forgiveness can come into our hearts and minds.

 

 


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