How to Encourage Creative Prayer
24-7 Prayer rooms have helped people all over the world learn to pray by finding new ways to connect and speak with God.
Embrace creativity when thinking about what to put in your 24-7 Prayer room or space – try the following prompts to get started:
What’s the theme? Perhaps there’s a specific Bible verse, vision or idea that you want to focus on during your time of 24-7 Prayer. Let these shape the activities and style of your space.
Who can help? Encourage any creative or artistic people in your community to come and bring their ideas and inspiration to your 24-7 Prayer room or space.
What will help people to pray? Creative doesn’t mean cluttered- you don’t have to fill the room with as many things as possible! Think about the practical activities and guides you want to include in the space, and focus on those. Include blank space for drawing, writing and creativity to take place over the week too.
Who will use the space? If you’re expecting families, include child-friendly activities; if it’s going to be a group of students, include a map of campus. Allow your needs to shape the style of the space.
What will engage the senses? Think about what people will see, hear, smell, taste, touch – how can you use all of the senses to help focus prayer and attention on God?
We think the best prayer activities are...
SIMPLE: they can be described in two words and explained in two sentences.
RELEVANT: they start with people’s life and experiences, rather than a religious idea.
INTERACTIVE: they have something to do, as well as something to think about.
INCLUSIVE: They welcome everyone, those of faith and no faith, those with different learning abilities and cultural backgrounds… everyone, equally.
PERSONAL AND CORPORATE: They provide alone-experiences and together-experiences.
ROOTED: They are rooted into the life and sayings of Jesus, even if that isn’t obvious.
Creative Prayer Stations
Prayer stations are simply activities that help people to draw closer to God in interactive ways.
Try a few of the following to get started:
Family Tree – Praying for People
Draw a tree onto a big piece of paper – or use a real one if you have space. Invite people to write the names of family and friends who need prayer onto post-it notes or luggage tags, encouraging them to stick or hang these onto the tree as they pray.
Wailing Wall – Prayer Requests
Create space on a big piece of paper for people to write or draw their honest requests to God. You could be creative with a piece of netting or fabric. Watch the space as it fills up over the week.
Trash Can – Sorry Prayers
Put a bin/trash can in the space with some paper and pens beside it. Invite people to pray Psalm 139:
“Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.”
- Psalm 139:23-24
As people confess their sins to God, encourage them to write their sins down and throw them in the bin as a way of letting go and receiving God’s forgiveness.
Wash it Off – Forgiveness
Place a bowl of water, some soap, and some pens in the prayer room. Invite people to write the names of those people they need to forgive on their hands (ensure the pens are washable!) and as they wash them off, ask Jesus to help them to forgive.
Your Kingdom Come – Praying for the World
Put a map or a globe in the prayer room, and encourage people to pray “Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be Done” over nations in the world. You may also like to place some newspapers beside the map/globe and encourage people to pray for countries and cities they read about in the news.
Be inspired with even more ideas for your prayer room on our Prayer Pages.