Play Doh Prayer Guided Meditation

Prayer

Play Doh Prayer

Ball
Make a ball shape out of your dough.  You may continue to warm it, shape it, and knead it as you listen to this word from the prophet Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 18:1-6 NRSV
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.

Then the word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

  • What shape are you in today?  How is God shaping you?  In what ways are you working together with God?

You are the potter, we are the clay.  We are the work of your hands.

Heart
Make a heart out your dough.  You may continue to warm it, shape it, and knead it as you listen to this word from Psalm 51:

Psalm 51:10 NRSV
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

  • Who are your friends?  Family members?  Teachers?  Is your heart soft or hard towards them today?  Is there any one of these relationships where your heart needs softening?  Spend a few moments asking God to soften your heart in those places.
  • Who are the people who you don’t get along with?  Don’t care about?  Actively dislike?  Spend a few moments asking God to soften your hearts towards one another, to ease conflicts, to bring about peace.
  • What is the shape of your heart before God today?  What is on your heart and mind that you need to share with God?  Take a few moments to do this…

You are the potter, we are the clay.  We are the work of your hands.

Figure
Make a shape out of your dough that represents you.  You may continue to warm it, shape it, and knead it as you listen to this word from Psalm 139:

Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15 NRSV
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.

13 For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;

that I know very well.
15     My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

  • How do you see yourself?  How does the world see you?  How does God see you?  how are these perspectives the same?  How are they different?  Remembering that God loves you all the way, no matter what, take a few moments to thank God for the shape of you, and to ask for what you truly need this day.

 You are the potter, we are the clay.  We are the work of your hands.  Amen.

Many thanks to the ideas from these posts:
https://engageworship.org/ideas/works-progress
http://www.thesanctuarycentre.org/resources/prayer-stations-kinnecting-with-peace.pdf

© Pastor Breen Marie Sipes for Good God Ideas 2018.  Please give credit where credit is due.

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