Prayer Stations are interactive experiences with Scripture and/or devotional prompts. A simple, creative gesture can help us slow down and listen for what God reveals. The gesture likewise opens us to respond.
For me, utilizing the sense of touch in prayer takes me to a child-like place. I’m reminded of a less complicated time- a time of wonder, imagination, and play. It gets me out of my head and into my heart. I’m often surprised by the ease and depth of God’s interaction in these encounters.
I pray this idea encourages you to set aside some time to meet God in interactive prayer. If you choose to use this idea, or better yet create one of your own, I’d love to hear from you. – Lisa <><
- small grapevine wreath, approximately 6 inches across
- wooden toothpicks. You could tea dye them if you wanted them to better match the wreath.
- Scripture with instructions, provided below.
Matthew 27:27-31 NRSV
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
Below you will find several options. Choose one or create one of your own. Whatever you choose, read the scripture first and then pray through the prescribed actions. If you’re writing your own option, be sure to be clear what the gesture represents and what the prop represents.
Option 1- The soldiers mocked Jesus without mercy. He understands our pain. Place toothpicks in the wreath for yourself, other people, or groups of people who are in pain at the hands of others. (Examples would include bullying, abuse, injustice, etc.) Be specific in your naming. Remove the toothpicks as you pray healing and new life for the victims and their abusers.
Option 2- The soldiers mocked Jesus without mercy. He was brutally bullied. Place toothpicks in the wreath as you think about instances when you have been the bully and when you have been bullied. Remove the toothpicks as you ask for forgiveness and extend forgiveness. When the wreath is empty, hold it in your hands as you accept God’s gift of new life and pray for an end to all bullying.
Option 3- Place toothpicks in the wreath as you confess your sins. Remove the toothpicks as you receive God’s forgiveness in Jesus’ Name. When the wreath is empty, hold it in your hands and claim the Good News of 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Option 4- Place toothpicks in the wreath as you name the various ways Jesus suffered. When complete, spend a few moments in wonder and worship at the depth of Jesus’ sacrifice and love. When you are finished, remove the toothpicks to reset the station for the next person.
Option 5- Choose a recording of a song or a person reading the lyrics of a song or a poem. Below are some suggestions. Place toothpicks in the wreath as you listen to the recording. When finished, remove the toothpicks to reset the station for the next person.
- My Jesus, I Love Thee
- O Sacred Head Now Wounded
- When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
- The video Listening at the Cross: The Seven Last Words of Christ featuring the song This Crown of Thorns
Prayer Station- Crown of Thorns by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia © 2016
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