- Hebrews 4:16 on a Powerpoint slide or on paper for the congregation to see: Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
- An image of a Throne room
Have the Hebrews slide up on the screen and explain that it talks about entering the throne room of heaven boldly to receive what we need from God.
Then show the second slide with a picture of a very impressive throne room and explain that although it looks really majestic, intimidating even, you are going to invite people to imagine something that is infinitely greater not just the throne room of an earthly queen or king, but to imagine heaven’s throne room. Imagine the eternal throne room of the King above all Kings.
Start to lead people through a process of closing their eyes and imagining the most majestic throne room they can. It is surrounded by countless angels and people worshipping the King above all kings. Remind them that they can walk into that throne room because the King of all Kings, the King on the throne is actually their father. He rules and as Hebrews 4:16 says we can come boldly to the throne room with our requests. In silence give them time to think about what they want to ask of God for in prayer and to take offer their requests to God.
Next, help them to imagine that they have just looked around the throne room and noticed that there are others around there too. It is there brothers and sisters- their church congregation. Ask them to think of those either in their congregation or close to them who they would like to pray for. Again give some silence for them to bring their requests to God on his throne.
Finally, help them to imagine that in that enormous throne room there are actually millions, if not billions of brothers and sisters from the world wide church. There are people from every nation, every language, denomination and this time to think who they want to pray for from around the world. Suggest that it might be one of the parts of the world where brothers and sisters suffer persecution, famine or war or some other need in the world and again bring their requests to God.
Finally after that third time of silence invite everyone to join together in saying with each other, but also the Christians around the whole world, the prayer that Jesus taught us – the Lord’s Prayer together.