Kids starting back to school. Grieving families who need comfort. Loved ones who are sick. Add in financial burdens and our list of prayer requests continues to grow.
I have often struggled to keep up with my prayer life. There are things that come to me throughout the day that I realize I should pray about more often but it’s hard to find the time in the midst of life’s busy schedule. When asked to pray for someone, I have to pray right then so that I don’t forget. Please tell me I’m not the only one!
While I was in seminary, I created a prayer schedule to follow based on the days of the week. At the time, there were so many requests in the back of my journal that I didn’t want to forget to pray for something so being Type-A, I created a schedule with fancy names for each day and even color coded it! Ha!
I’ve tweaked it now that I’ve had kids of my own so it’s not as fancy. But it’s easily accessible so that I can visit it each day and pray with intention.
Consider creating a weekly prayer schedule for yourself to post in your bathroom or kitchen. Grab a pen and paper and write down everything you want to pray about – family, friends, children, school, work, worries…. Then categorize it. I organized mine by type of prayer request: marriage, parenting, health, etc. Be sure to include times to just praise and worship God. Afterall, our prayer life is not all about asking for things.
I’ve attached a screen shot of my own prayer list and a link to a Google document of a generic schedule based on mine. Feel free to fill in your own list and print it to use. Please note that this is not to be used for legalistic purposes. Prayer should be natural and not forced. However, if you are like me and have struggled with this discipline, I think the schedule will help.