Ok, Halloween is upon us and whether or not you choose to embrace Halloween as a holiday or event, you can still use all that great Halloween candy as a part of your youth group or personal prayer time. And post Halloween is a great time to buy up candy to use for future prayer experiences. I use sour skittles and m&ms for end of year prayers (future post…thanking God for the sweet and sour for the past year) and tootsie roll pops for advent prayers.( are we willing to wait on God to get to the good stuff of Christmas) Also Hershey treasures are great reminders that God came to earth as a baby as our treasure, but even better God searches for each of us because we are HIS treasure. And don't forget that candy corn is in three colors so you can talk about the trinity..Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Remember that younger students are much more concrete in their thinking and this probably works better with high school and beyond, but don’t be afraid to try it with younger students just give them more examples and guidance of what you are going for since they don’t all think in metaphor/comparisons just yet.
THESE prayers can be done with a group as a corporate prayer or as an individual prayer stations.
***These are just some ideas …see what they might spark in you and feel free to morph and change them. I’d love to hear about how you use these.
HALLOWEEN CANDY PRAYERS
Have a bowl of mixed halloween candy, at least one piece for each participant.
Small Hershey bars, kit kat bars, m&ms, mounds, regular skittles, sour skittles, tootsie rolls, tootsie roll pops, mini snickers, mars, etc.
Pick out a piece of Halloween candy…
Consider how your life is going right now, how is your life like that piece of candy …
Is life feeling plain not very exciting like a plain Hershey bar? Or maybe it’s feeling nutty?
Are you sharing your life, like your real self , who you are with anyone? Like sharing a kit kat bar?
Is your life an adventure like different flavors of skittles?
Is it hard ..perhaps rather hard to endure like a chewy tootsie roll…or does it have the potential for adventure and unknown like a tootsie roll pop?
Maybe it’s colorful like a handful of m&m’s with lots of great things going on?
Talk to God about your life
Take some time…consider, think about your life.
Where have you seen God at work even in the plain and boring parts.
Even in the sour parts of your life? Thank him for being there in all aspects of your life.
PRAYER 2 (have candy types/mini candy bars displayed as examples, empty candy wrappers, pieces of choc to taste, like chocolate chips)
Now consider you life with God, your relationship, your journey with Jesus.
Which candy reflects your life with Jesus?
Look at and Think about the candy on the table.
Your life with God…Is it good and rich and like your favorite candy bar?
Or maybe your life with GOD is like an empty candy wrapper with nothing inside…
Is it plain and boring like a plain Hershey bar?
Or maybe rich like dark chocolate?
Maybe it’s rocky ..you know filled with nuts …or hard to chew because of the nougat and caramel
Is your life with Jesus tasting sour like sour skittles or sweet like m&ms?
TALK TO GOD about this. Tell Him where you are and then tell him where you’d like to be on your journey with Him…
Take a piece of chocolate.(you can use chocolate chips rather than small candy bars to save money) EAT IT . TASTE and SEE that the Lord is GOOD.
Jesus longs to be in relationship with you.
You just have to open the door to your life and ask Jesus to come in.
EAT the chocolate as a symbol of your willingness to start a relationship or get back on track in your relationship with Jesus.
BOX of chocolates and an empty box….and you could show the clip from the movie “Forrest Gump”
In the movie Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks character says “life is like a box of chocolates, you never known what you are going to get. “
Maybe the pieces of candy that you have tried out of the box have been gross…maybe you were expecting a piece with a filling of rich chocolate and you got a piece of slimy fruit filling instead.
TALK TO GOD ABOUT THE BAD pieces of chocolate, the bad pieces, the negative pieces of your life, both in the past and going on now. and maybe it's negative pieces of God.
God’s not afraid of your feelings. God wants to hear you. God is listening.
Thank God for both the good things and the yucky things.
Ask God to show you where he is and what he is up to in your life…
TAKE the TIME TO LISTEN to God.
Maybe you’ve felt like an empty box of chocolates rather than a full box…
Maybe you've felt like a gross piece of chocolate/candy yourself. Talk to JESUS about this.
How does God really feel about you?
YOU ARE NOT GROSS you are fearfully and wonderfully made. and God knew you before you were born.
When you see a candy box, and candy bars in the store, Let them remind you that God is filling your life with GOOD THINGS. Let the Candy box remind you that God is at work in your life. know that God is working and filling your life with his love…YOU are not empty, you are not a rotten, gross piece of chocolate.
God created you to be his favorite.