Prayer Stations

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We are so glad you are here to pray with us!

Below you will find material for some prayer stations to work through (if you choose), during your 1 hour prayer shift. Down the left side you will find a list of prayer stations, just click on one and that prayer station will pop up on the right side.

There is no set pace to move through these. You may choose to go in depth on one station or you may choose to move through a couple in your allocated time. Both are great! There is no right answer, just whatever works for you. On each link, you will be prompted to pray in a different way. Feel free to work through them all or pick and choose!

There are more prayer resources to work through found on the 'More Resources' Tab of this website. Feel free to work through those as well.

We are made for community, so feel free to invite a friend or get your kids together and do some of these activities with them! 

And of course, you are not restricted to using these during your prayer shift, feel free to use them anytime you want!

Counting Every Blessing

God has blessed us so abundantly, but it can be hard to see these blessings when there is hardship around us.

Grab a pen and paper or a pen and a stack of post-it notes. Write down as many blessings as you can think of. Everything that the Lord has done for you!

When you can't think of any more, challenge yourself to find one more.

Stick your list or all of your post-it notes on a wall that you see frequently.

Spend some time thanking God for all he has done for you, praising him for his mighty works!

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." -1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

P.S. you can keep adding to this throughout the week, maybe even get your whole household involved and keep it up as a reminder of the great works God has done! 

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21 Days of Prayer- "Pray It Forward"

The Salvation Army's Territorial Leaders have initiated a national prayer initiative. 

'Pray It Forward' is a call out to every Salvo across the country to enter into a period of intentional prayer and prophetic listening. 

Please spend some time praying through these topics: 

  • Pray for the opportunity to reassess and evaluate the stewardship of our resources.
  • Pray for new ways of delivering the God-given mission and ways to facilitate healthy Christian community.
  • Ask God to lead us in new ways of encouraging people in discipleship and faith pathways.
  • Seek God’s guidance for how you will serve him and be part of his mission in your own family, neighbourhood and workplace.

https://my.salvos.org.au/pray-it-forward/

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Use a Paintbrush

Painting – Whether you see yourself as artistic or not – is a great way to embrace creativity in your prayers.

Even if you don’t think of yourself as a painter, let go of trying to make something look beautiful, and focus on the process.

You could paint a representation of a Bible verse, paint specific words that God is saying to you, or ask God for a prophetic picture to draw or paint onto a piece of paper.

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Use A Camera

Taking photos captures the everyday beauty in the world.

Grab your camera and go for a prayer walk with the intention of taking photos of the beauty you see in people, buildings and nature.

As you pray, ask God to speak and reveal more of His creativity to you.

Thank Him for His gift of creation.

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Prayer Requests

Here are a list of prayer requests sent in by people within our division. We would love for you to join us in interceeding and praying over our brothers and sisters in Christ. 

If you would like to submit a prayer request, please email asknswact@salvationarmy.org.au or fill out the 'Contact Us' form on the home page of this website.

 

  • Prayer for our Healthcare workers 
  • 'Please pray that my son will be come back to worshiping and serving Jesus again.'
  • 'I would like to put forward a prayer request for a friend of mine. Her name is Krista who accepted Christ into her life on the 23rd May pray also that God will use me & my wife Anne in supporting her during her early days as a Christian. Pray that Krista will be very open to her new life in Christ.' -Scott
  • Prayer for Jazz, a young teeenager, who was recently listed for a big operation. From his mum Ange- 'Please pray for Jazz to continue to know peace and courage straight from God as He waits. We want God’s best plan for Jazz and God’s wisdom and guidance given to the doctors in the lead up as well as over the time to come. We want Jesus light to shine from us as a family and for our cardiology team to come to find salvation. (We share with them. They know who’s we are and we’ve done the journey with them 11years now). We would also like to pray Jazz’s siblings will be able to visit him when the time comes. At this stage with Coronavirus restrictions, only Lucas and I will be allowed and that’s a really hard thought. Jazz would love to be able to have his siblings there. We would like prayer for our whole family over this time of waiting. It naturally is a big thing for all of us. We need peace, strength, hope and courage. Thanks for your prayers and support.'
    • UPDATE: Please continue to pray for Jazz. His parents are asking for everyone to pray for their courageous boy. All is going well. They thank God for the way things are going. Please cover him in prayer in these critical days.
  • 'Please pray for me that I may get my doctor internship job , which I had lost due to illness, returned back to me as soon as possible. Thank you very much for your prayers. NSW, Australia.'

 

 

Encouraging Word

Is there someone in your community that could use an encouraging word?

Spend some time praying for them and then get out a piece of paper or a card to write them a note. You could also do this digitally, flick out your phone and send them a text.

After you have done this pray for their receiving of this word.​

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." -Hebrews 10:24-25

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Use Pen and Paper

Writing is something that we do less and less in our daily lives.

However, taking the time to slow down and write is a great way to get creative in your prayer life.

Experiment with writing a short prayer poem or rewrite a Psalm in your own words, or take the time to write your own liturgy. If you want to rewrite a Psalm but don't know which one to pick we suggest Psalm 121 or Psalm 23 as a starting place.

Connect with God through the written word and allow the words to reach your mind and soul.

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Use your Phone

We use our phones every day, so get creative and use yours to spark creative prayer ideas.


You might like to get practical and set reminders to stop and pray or pray for each person in your phonebook.


There are also some great prayer apps to inspire prayer - including an app called the 'Inner Room Prayer App' or 'Lectio 365' - which you can download for free from any app store. You can also integrate it into your daily routine.

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Use your Skills in Creative Ways

We are all creative in different ways. If you’re not sure exactly what your skills are, take some time to pray and ask God what they are. Chatting to a good friend or family member could help too.


Then, figure out a way to turn your skill into prayer. If you’re great at baking, use that time to pray for God’s presence to reach the people you’re baking for. If you love running, integrate prayer into your routes.


There are no limits to our conversation with our creator, creative God: so try getting creative as you pray today!

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Be Still

Welcome to our BE STILL prayer station.

In this station, we ask you to make a space that you can just be still.

The word ‘holy’ simply means ‘set apart’. For hundreds of years, people have discovered that being set apart from other people helps them to be more aware of themselves and also of God. This is a place to be still. This is a ‘holy’ space. There is no need to talk, no need to do anything. Just ‘be’.

If you find your mind wandering, acknowledge where it has gone and let it go.

We invite you to try this for 10min.

Focus on knowing that He is God.

Psalm 46:10: "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

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When Worry Ties You in Knots

For this station, you will need a piece of string or something that you can tie a knot in. 

Read the verses about worry, then pray, asking God to convict you of worry in your life. Then, you untie a knot as a symbol of letting it go and ask God's forgiveness for worry.

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." -Romans 8:38-39

"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." -2 Timothy 1:7

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." -John 14:27

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." -1 John 4:18  

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”- John 16:33b

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."- Philippians 4:7

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Healing: Heart, Body & Mind

"Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”- Luke 8:47-48

It's safe to say that our world right now needs healing.

In this station, spend some time praying for the healing of peoples:

- heads (mental health),

- hearts (or souls returning to Jesus),

- and peoples bodies (the physical healing).

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Creative God

We are created by such a creative God.

His work is so detailed and intricate.

Go outside or look out your window and take note of 5 things you can see or hear that God created.

What are the details of those things? What makes them a miraculous creation?

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How Does God See You?

For this prayer station, you will need to sit in front of a mirror and have something to write with (just to note what God is saying).

As you sit there, ask God "Who do you say I am?" or "How do you see me?"  Write down what you hear and reflect on it.​ We all hear in different ways a voice, a thought, an image, a feeling and so much more. Just remember to come with an open heart and seek him. (You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart Jeremiah 29:13. That's a promise for you!)

I urge you to test the word from God to make sure that it is not the devil putting doubts or negative word in your heart or even your own spirit.

Remember, God created and loves you! As you reflect, ask yourself "does this align with what I know of my loving Father in heaven?"

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Praising in the Valleys

We are facing a time of great suffering and anxiety, but amongst all of this, we cannot forget to praise our God! Let's respond to this troubling time by singing, writing, dancing, lifting praises. How ever you feel most free to praise God please do so. Set aside some time to just lift your praises to our king.​

"My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long." -Psalm 35:28

​"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." - Psalm 23:4
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Healing for the World

Coronavirus has impacted the entire world and it is safe to say that our world is in desperate need of healing.

Have a look at the map and pick a country to pray for. Commit some time to pray for that specific place's healing; mind, body and soul.

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COVID-19 Prayer Stations

Here are some prayer stations prepared by the International Salvation Army Headquarters to help you navigate though praying for COVID- 19. 

 

PRAY TO LAMENT

Read and reflect on Psalm 69:1-3.

Save me, O God,
for the waters have come up to my neck.

I sink in the miry depths,
where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
the floods engulf me.

I am worn out calling for help;
my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,
looking for my God.

Psalm 69:1-3 (NIV)

Which words and feelings come to mind for you? You may wish to write these down and see where your mind takes you. Instead of shying away from these, lean into these feelings. Think of the loss of life, the pain caused to families and friends, the cancelled opportunities and loneliness caused by isolation.

You may find it helpful to take an object into your hand as you do this – a piece of scrunched up paper or a stone, for example – and to hold it tightly while you think of these emotions.

After you have spent time lamenting, turn to Philippians 4:6-7. Ask God to hear the thoughts and feelings you have been experiencing, and for you to feel his peace. When you feel ready, let go of the object you had in your hand, giving it over to God. The object – and those feelings – will not have disappeared, but God is dealing with the issues it represents.

 

 

 

PRAY FOR THOSE IN NEED

Read Luke 4:17-18.

…the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to [Jesus]. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free

Luke 4:17-18 (NIV)

Use sticky notes to write down as many different groups of people who will struggle in these days as you can. If you do not have sticky notes, you could make a list on a single sheet of paper. For example, you might list the hungry, those who have lost income, the sick, the lonely.

Place this list prominently, such as on a wall you pass often in your home. Pray for these people, and pray for them often in these days.

 

PRAY FOR AN ARMY OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS

Use the map at sar.my/covid19 to reflect on the many ways that The Salvation Army is responding to the coronavirus situation.

Give thanks for how God is using the Army to meet needs around the world and to make a difference in communities. Pray for strength, good health and wisdom for Salvation Army volunteers, members and officers.

Consider the map once more (or a globe, if you have one), and reflect on the workers in wider society who are meeting needs. This includes health workers, carers, shop and supply chain workers, couriers, scientists, policymakers and many more. Pray for God’s protection over them. Give thanks for them. Pray that they will have strength to be able to do their job as well as they can.

You may wish to send a message of thanks and encouragement to essential workers you may know personally, and let them know that you have prayed for them and their work.

 

 

 

PRAY FOR AN END TO THE VIRUS

You may wish to ‘listen’ to the virus at the root of the world’s current suffering. Massachusetts Institute of Technology has produced a musical representation of the coronavirus protein. It uses a computer algorithm to take the material structure of the COVID-19 virus and turn it into a piece of audio. Have a listen (perhaps to just a portion) (also found here) 

As you do, reflect on the huge hurdle for humanity in managing this crisis – politically, economically, culturally and scientifically.

Read Job 26. Recognise God’s power. Cry out to him for his mighty hand to slow down and stop the progress of the coronavirus. Pray for a decline in its spread, for a vaccine, for economic justice, for healing. Pray for the strength of God’s children.

 

 

 

PRAY FOR HOPE AND JOY TO BE RESTORED

Pray for all those in your community and around the world who are feeling down and who are struggling to process the situation that the world finds itself in.

Think of a person or household who may be particularly struggling at this time. Take time to send them an encouraging message by phone or email.

Think of reasons to be thankful! For many of us, there are plenty of reasons around if we take time to find them, from family and friends to technology. Find a large piece of paper and, at the end of each day, write down something (or things) you have been thankful on that day. As time goes on, every time you see that piece of paper, it will show the large number of blessings you have received through these days. You could even use pencils and crayons to be really creative and create a really colourful piece of artwork!

Consider the life of a plant. From a tiny seed, plants can grow into strong organisms bearing leaves, flowers and life-sustaining fruit. While we may not see quick signs of progress, we can be sure of the constant progress of the hope of new life. To remind yourself of this daily, if you can you may wish to plant a seed. Each time you see the pot or patch of soil where you plant it, remember that the green shoots may not be far away.

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https://www.salvationarmy.org/ihq/covid19-prayer 

Tune into God's Voice

This station is very simple. Spend some time in Silence, tune in and listen to the voice of God. Record your sense of His voice in a notebook.

If you are getting distracted, notice the distracting thought and let it float away as you focus back in on Jesus.

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Bring Light to Your Neighbourhood

For this prayer station, you will need chalk and a pathway or driveway that you can draw on.

Use your chalk to draw and write praises or encouragements in your neighbourhood.

Be creative and use lots of colours to bring light in a dark time.

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