Some of you have mentioned that you want to grow this year in the area of prayer. Today’s post will only scratch the surface, so I hope you’ll check out the books I’ve recommended on this topic. I’ll have more on prayer on the blog next week, but today I’ll get us started with a few suggestions.
“Will you pray for . . .?” is perhaps the question I’m most often asked. I’m thankful when I get the invitation to intercede in prayer, it allows me to be a part of God’s process and work in others’ lives. Although I still have much to learn, I thought I’d share with you a few things I’ve found helpful through the years.
My Helper for Praying:
I use a large “daily planner” that has a monthly calendar and pages for each day. I’ve added sections to the planner to use specifically for prayer. It’s a loose-leaf binder and pages can be easily added or removed. Each individual or ministry has its own page where I record Scriptures that apply to their needs. I log dates of prayer requests, answers, and praises on their page, but if I’m asked to pray about something happening on a specific day and time, I flip to that page where I’ll be doing my daily quiet time and put it on that page. That way, I know I’ll be reminded to pray for that specific need on that day.
My journal really helps me to keep up with the specific needs of people I care about and this is a way I can be diligent in interceding for them.
This is an old-fashioned approach. For those of you who plug things into your smart phone, there are several great apps that you’ll find helpful. I’m still very much a “pen and paper journaler” so the journal-planner still works best for me. Some day, I may step into the digital world on this front, but for now, I’m still scribbling prayers out by hand in my prayer journal.
- When someone asks for prayer, if at all possible pray with them right then.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to bring this to mind at critical times when intercession is needed.
- Write down the prayer request. If you keep a log or prayer journal transfer it to the appropriate category.
- When an individual is facing a potentially severe trial, or in crisis, ask them if you can include a group of women for a specific time of prayer over her. It may be necessary to enlist women to pray at specified times in order to have a regular cycle of intercession.
- Use every opportunity to intercede: when driving and you recognize someone in traffic, when passing a friend’s house, or when hearing a song that reminds you of someone–pray for them.
- Keep reports or updates from ministries in order to pray for their specific needs.
- If your prayer time is interrupted by thoughts of things needing to be done, jot those things down and return to prayer, keep in mind these interruptions may be things that need prayer as well.
You don’t have to use a prayer journal or set specific times to pray, however, I’ve found that these things help me to be diligent in actually praying, rather than having good intentions that never come to fruition. I’ll share more of those suggestions on the blog next week.
I love the freedom of coming to God anytime, anyplace, praying about anything, and that can happen all throughout the day. Disciplined intercession can seem monotonous at times, but is labor that yields sweet reward.
One of life’s greatest joys is seeing God answer prayer. What are you asking God to do today?
How can we pray for you?
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