This is a work in progress. We are holding 3 prayer days next week, Thursday 12, Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May 8.00am-8.00pm, so that people can drop by and pray for the Kingdom as part of #ThyKingdomCome initiative. We are planning prayer stations to help people pray. The approach we are taking is to explore what it means to pray for God’s kingdom to come. There are some good resources for prayer stations on the 24/7 Prayer website, which take the approach of reflecting on each line of the Lord’s Prayer. We are not doing that. Rather, we want to explore what it means to pray for God’s kingdom to come. These are the prayer stations I have planned so far. Other friends are working on other ideas. If they are useful to anyone, please feel free to use them. And I would love to hear about the ideas that others have.
Discovering the Kingdom
Read one (or more) of the Bible passages.
Spend time with it.
Read it slowly, over and over again.
Let it sink in to you.
Enjoy the rhythm of the words as you soak them up.
Ask God what he wants you to discover from the passage.
Read it again, slowly.
What is God saying to you?
Let the passage move you to prayer.
When you are ready,
Thank God for the passage and what you have discovered.
Matt 4:17; 5:1-12; 6:33; 7:21-23; 10:5-10; 13:18-23; 13:24-30; 13:31-32; 13:33; 13:44; 13:45-46; 13:47-50; 19:23-36;
Mark 1:14-15; 4:26-29; 10:13-16;
Luke 6:20-26; 9:1-8; 17:20-21; 18:28-30; 21:29-33
Colouring the Kingdom
Choose one of the designs and colour it in.
This will help you let go of the things that are cluttering your thoughts and mind.
Ask God to help you imagine His Kingdom as you work on the design.
Create the most beautiful pattern you can.
Enjoy being creative in God’s Kingdom, beloved by God.
Resources: Colouring in sheets
Felt tip pens
Keys to the Kingdom
Look at these keys. Pick them up. Feel them. Hold them.
Imagine the doors they might open.
What would it take to unlock the Kingdom of Heaven?
Respond as you feel moved: draw, paint, write a poem or a prayer.
Resources: lots of keys
Paper, pens, felt tips etc
Ask God to help you discern the people he is calling, the people he wants to turn to Him, the people who are called to go a little deeper, to grow in faith and hope and love.
Write their names on a slip of paper and secure to make a paper chain link.
Link the names you are praying for with the existing chain.
Later on, we will hang the chain as a sign of our continuing prayer.
Make a note of the names to take with you, so that you can go on praying for these people.
Resources: Paper chain links
The Eternal Kingdom
Here we are remembering those who have died and, we hope, gone to the eternal kingdom.
Take a heart and write the names of the people you remember –
Those whom you treasure in your heart
Those whom you remember with respect
Those whom you remember with some discomfort
Put them into God’s hands.
Pray for yourself as you stand before God.
Hang the hearts on the stand.
Prayers about those who have died (CW Pastoral Services)
Invitation to the Great Feast of the Kingdom of Heaven
You are invited to Great Feast of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Imagine what that feast will be like.
Add your name to the invitation card.
Decorate the invitation card.
Take it with you as a reminder.
Resources: Invitation cards
Welcoming the King
Let’s put out the bunting to welcome the king!
Write your prayer or poem of praise or thanksgiving on a triangle.
Add it to the string.
When the string is full, we will hang it as a sign of our continuing prayer.
Resources: Bunting triangles
Pens, felt tips,
When life is a struggle
When life is a struggle, it doesn’t feel like the Kingdom of God is anywhere close.
But it is in the struggle that the Kingdom is formed, hard though that is.
Jacob struggled with God – read his story.
It left him with a limp, but he came to know himself and God a little better.
It meant he was able to fulfil his calling.
Choose a stone to represent your struggle.
Sit with it and tell God all about it, with all the details.
When you are ready, put your burden at the foot of the cross.
Ask God to help you in going forward,
to give you the strength and resilience to get through.
Resources: Jacob’s story
Images of Jacob wrestling (postcards)
Enthroning the King
This prayer is about enthroning Christ as king in our hearts, inviting him to rule our lives.
Stick a throne image on a heart.
Put the name of ‘Christ’ or ‘God’ on the throne.
Put your name on the heart.
Resources: Heart foam shapes
Images of thrones
Letter stamps & ink
Craft materials: glue, decorative elements, Scissors, Felt pens