How we use this resource: Hey! Here’s a resource we made that worked well for a recent “concert of prayer” type event at the Salt Company.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
• PowerPoint/Keynote/MediaShout and a TV or projector with items for prayer numbered and listed one to a slide. • If you don’t have the above, simply have cards available on each table to list out the items for prayer. • Enough photocopies made of the 2nd page of this document so that everyone has at least one. It’s good to have extras on hand as some are bound get lost in the chaos (especially in larger groups).
WHAT WE DID:
As stated above, we created this for a recent “concert of prayer” type night. We kicked oﬀ the night with fun stuﬀ to get the energy level up. A goofy PowerPoint/Up-Front Game, followed by some loud, up-beat worship. After that our ﬁrst time of prayer was facilitated by use of the Prayer Bomb. Here’s how it works... We had our kids sit at tables with their cell groups and cell group leader. They were instructed to grab a Prayer Bomb and pen from their table and follow along as we went through the instructions (upbeat worship music playing in the background). 1. Write your name on this paper. Be sure to include your ﬁrst and last name. 2. On the video screen (or on cards if you don’t have access to it) a numbered prayer item is going to pop up on the screen. It will be a sentence that you’ll have to complete... for example... It won’t be this lame, but it might be something like, “1. Please pray for my favorite pet: BLANK” You write the number down and ﬁll in the blank. Then it will say, “Please pray that...” So for this one you might write.... “1. My dog Libby. She had hemorrhoids so I put X-Lax in her dog food, but now she’s got the runs and is making a mess of our house. Pray that my dad doesn’t shoot her.” Ya know, something like that. Get the picture? At this point go ahead and get started. Have them write their full name on the paper, then put up Prayer Bomb #1 on the screen. Give them 30-45 seconds (longer if you sense it’s needed) to write out their prayer request. You might talk brieﬂy oﬀ and on during their time writing, guiding them a bit here and there with generic ideas, etc. After they ﬁnish, go to number 3. 3. Alright, time’s up. Set down your pens. Now take your Prayer Bomb and put it in the palm of your hand. Hold it up above your head like a waiter. Now take your hand and close it violently over and over until you have a nice wadded up ball. 4. Now, in a second here, I’ll count to three and the music will get cranked up to Hellen Keller. After three, I’ll yell, “FIRE!” At this point, stand up, take your Prayer Bomb and drill somebody with it. They’ll be ﬂyin’ everywhere, so just keep grabbing and throwing. After a few seconds, I’ll call out “STOP!” (“HOLD YOUR FIRE!”, “CEASE FIRE!”, whatever you want) and the music will come back down. All over the ﬂoor around you will be little wadded up Prayer Bombs, grab one and go back to your seat. Let them ﬁre away... after a little bit, call ‘em oﬀ and go on to step ﬁve. (FYI - LOUD music during the “FIRE!” time helps keep this from becoming really lame after about 2 seconds. Toby Mac or James Brown or something like that is highly recomended.) Be sure everyone has found a bomb somewhere around them. Have people with two hold them up and get them to those who don’t have one yet. Save yourself some breath and get everyone seated before step 5. 5. OK, now here’s the deal. On your Prayer Bomb is someone’s name and something they’d like you to pray about for them. Open up your bomb, and we’re going to spend a minute or two praying about those things. Just pray how God would lead you based on what you know from the bomb. Maybe play some more mellow worship music in the background as they’re praying. (The CD “Chill Out: A Time to Worship” is great for this) After they have ﬁnished, have them write the next number on the bomb they just prayed over and write their name. Move to the next PowerPoint slide and repeat the process as many times as you desire. We did ﬁve rounds, the last being an extended one where the student wrote out a prayer to God. After they ﬁnished, we had them put the bomb in their pockets to take with them (1. to have a list of things they can continue to pray about for other people, and 2. so that we didn’t have to clean ‘em all up!) Below I’ve listed the 5 prayer items we used that night. 1. When I think of something I’d like people to pray about for me, the ﬁrst thing that pops into my head is... Pray for me that... 2. Someone in my family who needs to be prayed for is... Pray for them, that... 3. This might be random, but pray about this... (just any random request - give them ideas... world events, stuﬀ at school, a paper cut... anything!) 4. This really sucks in my life right now, and I can’t change it... Please pray that... (during the prayer time be sure to guide them in saying things to the eﬀect of, “God may choose not to change that circumstance or relationship or whatever, so maybe part of your prayer would be that God would give that person on your sheet grace and peace in the midst of that thing they wrote about, even when they don’t get it or understand why it’s happening...” Somethin’ good and pastoral like that.) 5. Take some time and write out a prayer to God about the things either 1) on your paper already, or 2) that are weighing heavy on your heart right now. Be sure to also praise God for who He is and what He’s done, too.
I hope this resource is of help to somebody! In fact, I hope it’s the bomb! (Sorry, lame pun, I know. But as a youth pastor I’m paid to make them!) It served as a great transition of the energy and enthusiasm we had built up during some games and high-octane worship and moved us into a powerful night of prayer, reﬂection, and worship. Let me know if you have ideas on how to improve it! — Joshua Weiland (firstname.lastname@example.org) (Use this however you want, just don’t sell it. If you’d like the original InDesign document, I’d be glad to pass it along, drop me an e-mail at email@example.com.)
the student ministries of wawasee community bible church 2035 east 1300 north • milford, indiana • www.thesaltcompany.com
// INSTRUCTIONS STEP ONE WRITE YOUR FULL NAME ON THIS PAPER
STEP TWO LOOK AT THE VIDEO SCREEN. WRITE DOWN THE NUMBER (1, 2, 3, ETC.) AND COMPLETE THE SENTENCE ON THIS PRAYER BOMB.
PLACE THIS PAPER IN YOUR PALM, THEN CLOSE YOUR HAND VIOLENTLY AROUND IT. REPEAT UNTIL YOU HAVE A BALL.
WHEN INSTRUCTED, PROCEED TO FIRE AT WILL!
(HOW TO DISMANTLE A PRAYER BOMB)
AT THE CEASE FIRE, FIND AT LEAST ONE BOMB NEAR YOU. TO DISARM, OPEN IT. (TOUGH, HUH?) PRAY FOR THE REQUEST LISTED. SIGN YOUR NAME, GO TO STEP TWO.
WARNING: THIS BOMB WILL SELF DESTRUCT WHEN WRAPPED AROUND EXPLOSIVES AND STARTED ON FIRE. SERIOUSLY, IT WILL. I’M SO NOT KIDDING.
N O T I C E : NO TREES WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS PAPER BECAUSE TREES DON’T HAVE FEELINGS, THEY’RE PLANTS.