Labyrinth Prayer Walk


Exercise for reflection

Labyrinth – Guide

As Christians in a modern society, we are used to more or less planned-out worship services, Sunday School and Fellowship times, where almost every minute is carefully filled with activity—and noise. While this is not bad in itself, we know that a relationship with God requires one-on-one time with Him. Attending a program, or even participating in a “Labyrinth-walk”, is not the answer. The key is our own heart’s attitude as we participate in different things.

Now, we can use many different approaches to come closer to God, but they are all just that: means to an end.

Tonight, we want to walk through a Labyrinth. It’s a very different kind of thing, and we could easily become distracted by the ‘weirdness’ or ‘strangeness’ of it. Let’s not. Instead, let’s simply take the next 30-60 minutes and be available to God.

Basic guidelines:

  • Walk slowly as you reflect and pray (this is an unhurried time, don’t rush it)
  • You may also take breaks from walking, to reflect (others may pass)
  • View walking towards the centre as an illustration of drawing closer to God

Suggestions for how you may use this time:

  1. As you begin your WALK, quiet your heart and mind (the Scripture verses on the back may be helpful for your initial reflection)
    • Many things will come up, trying to distract you; leave them aside for now
    • Pray about and eliminate this “noise” within that interferes with God’s voice
  • What sins do you need to confess? Do it right away!
  • What are you worried about?
  • What hurts have you experienced lately?
  • Give your worries and hurts to the Lord (you will probably think about them later again, but for now, leave them aside)
    • Focus on the good things, the blessings God has given you
  • What can you be thankful for? Don’t rush through this
  1. As you continue on the path, focus on your relationship with God
    • What should it be like?
    • How can God help you make that a reality?
    • Pray and ask Him for specific things that can help you draw closer to Him
  1. As you come to the centre, reflect on each Person of the Trinity (God the Father; Jesus the Son; The Holy Spirit)
  • Praise each One for Who they are and what they have done in your life
  1. As you leave from the centre, reflect on how God has blessed and equipped you to serve others.
  • How can God use you in other people’s lives?
    • Pray for them and the positive impact you can have on them
      • your family and friends
      • your church and community
      • your school
      • the world
  1. When you have reached the outside of the Labyrinth, continue to be silent in prayer and reflection about this experience.


Scripture for Reflection

Confession

  • Psalm 32:5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
  • 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Worry

  • Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
  • Matthew 6:27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

Hurt (Comfort)

  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.