Spiritual Practice

Prayer Stations

Ashley Latham & Greta Zefo

Labyrinth copy[1]After experiencing a room full of prayer stations at a national youth gathering, my two friends and I have created a prayer room in our church.

In our prayer room, which we call “Recharge Your Faith,” we have  variety of prayer stations, such as making prayer beads, walking a labyrinth, journaling prayers, participating in a love feast, writing worries on a stone and watching them wash away, lighting a candle of remembrance, and painting. These different ways of praying and of experiencing God have helped me and others to see God in new and deeper ways. My favorite part of the prayer room is the labyrinth. Even though I have many obstacles in my life, I know that I will always find God if I stay on the journey.

—Ashley Latham


TRY IT: A labyrinth walk is a great way to be quiet and to listen for the voice of God. One labyrinth I walked took me through a dozen prayer stations, each with a different focus. In one station, I walked in sand to consider the effect I am having on the earth. In another, static on a TV screen helped me see the chaos in life that distracts me from my purpose. In another, I wrote down causes of bitterness in my life and threw them away so that I might be free to forgive. Putting everything else aside and allowing God to speak to me, I learned so much about myself and God!

—Greta Zefo

Day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways.
Isaiah 58:2a (NRSV)


—from devozine (July/August 2009). Copyright © 2009 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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