Places of Prayer

Thank you for joining us tonight as we reflect on the Prayers of Jesus.

(Please have a seat and remain quiet until the service begins;

It might be helpful to reflect on the following Scripture.)

“And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.’  And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, ‘Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.’” (Mark 14:32-36).

Silence and Prayer can Prepare the Soil (Matthew 13: 3-9, 18-23)
 
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Station 1

Rest

 
 
 
 
 
 
Action: Ligh t a candle when you first come in. Sit down in a chair and rest for this time with God.

Focus on Jesus

  • Take a few minutes after you are seated and rest.
  • Sit Still, Breathe, and Focus on Jesus, the one who gives rest to our Souls.
  • If your thoughts stray, refocus on Jesus, say his name slowly until the distractions fade.

Read the Scriptures

“At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’” (Matthew 11:25-30).

Reflect

God considers us children. Children have difficulty with boundaries. Children do not want to sleep or rest–they want to play. As we grow up, we can substitute play for work and pursue an endless list of activities that leave us physically and spiritually exhausted. We need to learn to say NO to busyness.

If we do not, our souls dry up.  We become brittle and break. And sometimes, we hurt others because our insides are starved for rest.

  • Jesus tells us to come to him for REST.
  • Jesus tells us to “take his yoke” which means to follow in his ways. The Scripture tells us that Jesus “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (Luke 5:16).
  • Jesus took time-outs to spend with God the Father. Do you?
  • What is keeping you from resting before God in quiet prayer?

Prayer

Lord, I am too busy, Too busy with both good things and distractions. Help me—Show me how to rest in your presence.  On the cross, you said “It is Finished.” I do not have to strive to earn your love, I already have it. I can take time-outs to rest. I come to you for rest. Show me how to live my life in a way that reflects your life. Thanks for giving me rest. In your name, Amen.

Focus on Jesus

  • Sit Still, Breathe, and Focus on Jesus, the one who gives rest to our Souls.
  • If your thoughts stray, refocus on Jesus, say his name slowly until the distractions fade.
     
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Station 2

Connect

 
 
 
 

Read the Scriptures

  • On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus prayed this . . . 

“Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” 

(John 17:1-3).

  • Eternal Life IS being connected to the Lord, the source of life and love.
  • Jesus prayed for those with him and then he prayed for us . . . 

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-21)

Reflection

  • Are you “one” with your brothers and sisters in Christ?
  • Is there friction? bitterness? avoidance? gossip?
  • Jesus prayed for our unity.
  • The Scripture tells us, “There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called—one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).
  • We should be united in our love and pursuit of the Lord.
  • How will you come into agreement with the prayer of Jesus? What is he telling you to do to connect? To be One?

Prayer

Father, show me how I have become disconnected from my brothers and sisters in Christ.  Show me where my attitude has caused division rather than unity. Give me the wisdom and courage to repair the breaks. Let me be an agent of reconciliation and restoration.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Focus on Jesus

  • Sit Still and Focus on Jesus, the one who connects us with God the Father and each other.
  • If your thoughts stray, refocus on Jesus, say his name slowly until the distractions fade.
Action: Connect a paperclip to the chain to show your unity with your brothers and sisters in Christ before you move on.
 
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Station 3

Forgive

 
 
 

Action: Pick up a rock as you enter the room and carry it with you while you are at this station.

Read the Scriptures

“Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ And they cast lots to divide his garments. And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, ‘He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!’” (Luke 23:32-35).

Reflection

  • Notice that Jesus was crucified with criminals even though he was sinless.
  • As Jesus died on a cross, he asked for forgiveness for those who mocked him.
  • Who has mocked you? Who has hurt you? 
  • Forgiveness is freeing . . . don’t carry burdens that you do not need to carry.
  • Jesus sets an example for us and instructs us to follow. If we forgive, not only will we obey him, our souls will find rest.
  • Who do you need to forgive? What is the Lord telling you to do?

Pray

God our Father, thank you for forgiving me of my sins and failures. Thank you for forgiving me for not doing what I should have done and doing what I should have left undone. I know that my forgiveness cost the life of Jesus. Help me forgive those who have hurt me. Given all that you have forgiven me, I can’t withhold forgiveness from them. Help me pray like Jesus, Father, forgive them. In the name of Jesus, the one who made forgiveness possible for me, I ask this, Amen.

Focus on Jesus

  • Sit Still, Breathe, and Focus on Jesus, the one who provided for our forgiveness on the Cross. 
  • If your thoughts stray, refocus on Jesus, say his name slowly until the distractions fade.

Action: Place the rock at the cross to symbolize the forgiveness you are giving to someone who has hurt you.

 


Station 4

Hope

 
 

Read the Scriptures

“And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.  And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’”    (Mark 15:33-34).

Reflection

  • Jesus is quoting from Psalm 22:1,  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?”
  • The physical pain that Jesus endured was overwhelming, but there was so much more.  According to Scripture, Jesus was bearing the world’s sin, our sin. (1 John 2:2)
  • He cried out in pain, but also in Hope. Psalm 22 is full of Hope in the midst of pain.
  • Psalm 22:4 says, “In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.  They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.” 
  • What are you crying out to God about?
  • Psalm 22:24 says, “For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.”
  • God hears.  God Saves.  God is Trustworthy!
  • You can have great Hope!
  • Cry out to God and make your requests known. 

Prayer

My God, My God, you know my struggles and brokenness and needs. I cry out to you in Hope. I trust you. I will wait on you. I thank you in advance your deliverance. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Focus on Jesus

  • Sit Still, Breathe, and Focus on Jesus, the one who gives Hope. 
  • If your thoughts stray, refocus on Jesus, say his name slowly until the distractions fade.
Action: Take a small cross with you to symbolize the hope we carry with us because of Jesus.
 
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Station 5

Trust

 
 

Read the Scripture

“It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!’ And having said this he breathed his last.” (Luke 23:44-46).

Reflection

  • Jesus died . . . for three days.
  • He entrusted himself to the Father with his last breath.
  • Why? He knew the Father was completely trustworthy. Jesus knew that better than anyone.
  • The Scriptures say, “While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.” (Hebrews 5:7-8).
  • Tough times come. They are opportunities to learn how to obey no matter what.
  • Tough times come. They are opportunities to trust our heavenly father when all seems dark.
  • Tough times come. They will not last forever.
  • Commit your life to one who can and has saved you.
  • Place your life into his hands. What are you holding back? What are you trying to control yourself instead of trusting him?

Prayer

Father, I commit my life, the good days and bad days, the successes and failures, into your hands. I know that tough times do not last. I trust you more than the tough times. Help me trust you like Jesus. I leave it all in your hands. In the name of Jesus, my Lord and Savior, I pray. Amen.

Focus on Jesus

  • Sit Still, Breathe, and Focus on Jesus, the one who shows us how to Trust the Father.
  • If your thoughts stray, refocus on Jesus, say his name slowly until the distractions fade.
Action: On one of the pieces of paper provided write down something you need to trust God with and lay it at the cross.
 
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Station 6

Abba, Father

 

Read the Scriptures

“And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ And he took with him Peter and James and John and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.’  And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.  And he said, ‘Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.’” (Mark 14:32-36)

Reflection

  • Imagine the burden of knowing what would happen in the future.  Jesus came to earth to journey to the Cross and defeat death. He knew this in advance.
  • He had to face death first before he could defeat it.
  • His prayer to God is raw—I know that you can save me from the Cross, but I know that I have to go to the Cross.
  • His prayer is full of love and trust.
  • Abba was a tender and affectionate term for Father.
  • God wants us to have the same tender and affectionate relationship that grows trust in the midst of trials. He wants us to come close in times of trial.
  • In what areas are you struggling to submit to the will of the Father?

Prayer

Abba, Father, I surrender my ways to your ways. I surrender my frailty for your strength. I surrender my will to your will.  I know that you can do all things, but there are things that you desire for me to do or walk through. In the end, they will bring life and blessing and glory to you. So, I pray, Abba, Father, not what I will, but what you will. In the name of Jesus, the perfect child of God, I pray. Amen.

Focus on Jesus

  • Sit Still, Breathe, and Focus on Jesus, the one who teaches me to call God, Father. 
  • If your thoughts stray, refocus on Jesus, say his name slowly until the distractions fade.
Action: Turn over one of the hour glasses on the table to symbolize giving your future to God.
 
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Station 7

Resurrection

 
 
 
 
 
 

Read the Scriptures —

“So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’” (John 11:41-44)

And Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.’”  (John 12:23-24)

Reflection

  • Death seems so final.  
  • Death happens to relationships.
  • Death happens to dreams.
  • Death happens.
  • Jesus can call dead things back to life.
  • What needs to be called back from the dead in your life?
  • Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
  • The Father always heard Jesus, and he always hears you.
  • What would you like the Lord to say to those dead things in your life?

Prayer

Jesus, there are some things in my life, my soul, my relationships that seem to have died.  I ask that you call forth the dead to life, heal the broken, restore the stolen.  I know that you always hear me. In your name, Amen.

Action: Take a seed from the bowl and plant in the soil.

 

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