The event took place at the YWAM Seamill building which was beautiful inside and out. There were many different rooms so plenty of space for different workshops.
Art and Intercession
It can aid focus
Sometimes when we pray for something or someone it can be hard to stay focussed and we find out mind wandering about, especially in group prayer when someone else is praying you can think accidentally switch off while someone else is praying aloud. Using art while praying can keep you focused as you have to engage physically too.
Using art during the prayer time visually documents that which has been prayed about so it is easy to look back over the art work at the end and see different prayer points or answers described visually on the page. When we pray for things using words only it is easy to forget what has been said but having it combined into a piece of art work documents all things well. Sometimes Jörn added little notes of explanation next to more abstract elements of the drawing so that it would remain clear for the YWAM team to understand the drawing even if they had not been part of the workshop.
We then went on to do some individual paintings. For this exercise we wrote two lists on the back of our sheets of paper. One titled 'Areas we would like to see breakthrough in our own lives' and the other titled 'Areas we would like to see breakthrough in the wider world.' After we had made the lists we were told to pray and then find a point from each list that pair up nicely. We then flipped our paper over and painted an image in response to the two 'breakthrough points' we wanted to see. Here is what I came up with:
There are other elements in the picture that I am still thinking about but I think that is the main point of it. I think that the colours of the hands look almost like balls of flames and this makes me think of holy fire - if we go with God, he can do amazing things. He can set nations on fire. It also makes me think about how when we care about something it's like we feel it 'burn' in our hearts. I outlined the land mass in green and yellow, I'm not sure about colour symbolism but that afternoon someone mentioned that often yellow stands for hope which I thought was quite interesting. I chose the green outline because I wanted to reflect the idea of growth and new life and I felt green was an appropriate colour as it makes me think of fertile land and plants. There are probably many more thoughts you could read from the image but that's all I have to say about it for now. As they say - a picture speaks a thousand words!