By Hallie Cowan

Prayer Scavenger Hunt

The goal of this activity is to look with fresh eyes at the spiritual needs of the campus.  You are “doing research” and you will bring back the data you collect, and we will pray together for the campus.  Don’t get bogged down on any one question, and don’t be limited to these categories. Take the time given to walk around campus with your small group, prayerfully noticing and recording what God shows you.  This is not a competition.

Break the group into teams of 3 or 4, and send them out to campus, with a time to re-gather.  When you come back, have a prayer meeting to lift up the prayer requests and needs you identified.  Ideally, take an hour for the hunt, and an hour for discussion and prayer.

Here are some things to look for:

  • Identify an “unreached people group” on campus. (a social group of some kind that seems not to be impacted by the Gospel.) It could be a club, a sports team, an academic major, a fraternity, an ethnic group, a living unit, etc.
    • What are they passionate about?
    • What do they need?
    • What is good about the Good News for them?
    • How can Christians connect with them?
    • Write a prayer request for them


  • If you were looking for God on campus, where would you look? What would you find?  Check bulletin boards, website, etc.


  • Try to identify a “Stronghold” on campus.  (A stronghold could be described as an “-ism” or a belief that controls the campus and distorts the view of God.)


  • Find a course on campus where students wrestle with questions about Truth.
    • Who is the professor?
    • When and where does the class meet?
    • How can we pray for them? (write a prayer request.)


  • Ask Two People:
    • What do you think the biggest need is on campus?
    • How can we pray for you?
    • Write down any prayer requests that you collect.


Print Version: Prayer Scavenger Hunt-PDF