It’s just too good to not use again: “The Attempt Of One Christian To Actually Remember To Pray Daily For The People And Things That Are Important To Her.“
So here is mi parto dos de prayer.
[I don’t know Spanish.]
(Why I’m doing this is HERE, and Part 1 is HERE, just in case.)
Part Two: Prayer Coupons
That’s the most inaccurate title in the world. But I’m using a coupon holder, so it feels kinda right. But it’s really not.
And this part of the prayer plan is brought to you by my friend Katie. We had fajitas and prayer time at her house Saturday night, about 20 girls, and while we sat together [literally in the same chair], I interviewed her about her prayer life. You know, one of those ask someone wiser moments. And this is her idea that I’ve stolen and claimed as my own decided to use as well.
All I’m doing is separating my prayers into categories:
- Nashville / community
And each of these categories has a different colored card. So I’ve written one card for each day in each color. Give or take. Listen. No reason to get all rules-y and legalistic. So EVERY DAY might not have EVERY COLOR. No biggie. I’m just trying this to see if it works. So I bought a coupon holder and stack of multi-colored index cards.
Inside the coupon holder, I’ve labeled the tabs each day of the week. You can kinda see the white in there. And then on each card, I wrote what I’m praying for. Then I’m going to put the first set of cards behind the “Monday” tab, etc.
Nope, not showing you.
But I’ll give you an example.
For Nashville /community, on Tuesdays I am praying for my small group. So I pulled out one green card (the Nashville / community color) and I wrote:
NFG [which stands for neighborhood fellowship group, just FYI]
Then I listed each member in our group on the card. So that every Tuesday, I will be SURE to pray for them. Not that I can’t pray other days, but that is guaranteed.
And I’m going to keep notes on the card- when a scripture comes to mind, when a prayer is answered, etc. And after I pray on Tuesday, I’ll put it back in the Tuesday tab. Easy, right?
It will pretty much stay consistent every week. Like every Monday, I’ll pray for the same things:
- Family: My Dad
- Friends: Brandon, Molly, and Webb
- Future: My agent and her communication on my behalf
- Nashville / Community: The creative community in our town
- World: President Obama
Make sense? And like I said- no legalism here. If I decide I want to pray for Dad on Monday and then again on Thursday, I can move the card or pretty much just do whatever I want. These coupons are not the boss of me.
So there you go.
I am totally digging the comments you guys are leaving- I love some of these ideas. So feel free to leave more today or go back through yesterday’s comments and see if any of those ideas work better for you.
Here’s to a Fall of answered prayers!
Like Melanie quoted at the All Access blog–
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!”