Have you heard the saying the right tool for the job? Usually, this is in reference to productivity and safety. A brief look at any people throughout the history of humanity and you will undoubtedly see instruments, devices, and gadgets created to make a task or job easier to perform. The best tools do generate efficient use of time.
Let’s consider some basic tools we all use such as a knife, pen, or mobile phone. Imagine your current life without these implements. Knives make carving a turkey easier than tearing it apart barehanded, writing would be horrific without pens or pencils, and mobile phones have made communication possible that our ancestors only dreamt of.
I have a tool I utilize in prayer time and have for a couple of years. My dear friend LC shared the initial idea. When using this I maintain better focus versus my mind racing about like a rabbit running from a fox. Here it is: On index cards, I write the people, ministries, and other things I want to regularly pray for. One person or entity per index card see photos below. I hole punch my cards and use book rings with tabbed dividers for each day of the week.
From Daunting to Doable
Most likely you can make a lengthy list of family, friends, and others you want to pray for. Add in the pastors, elders and deacons, ministries, teachers, government leaders, etc. and the combined total can feel overwhelming. By spreading these out onto different days each person or item will be brought to the throne on a weekly basis. My prayer time has improved and writing out the prayers causes me to be specific in my prayer.
This paper tool can be revolutionary to those who, like myself, are easily distracted by electronics. But if you’re a techy smartphone kind of person you may find another way to structure your time with reminders. If you have a healthy vigorous prayer time, I urge you to teach others and be a role model for those in your sphere of influence.
“And when you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they will be seen by people. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But as for you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:5-6, NASB).
Jesus directs us to pray in private without prohibiting public prayer. Private prayer time fosters an intimate, personal relationship. For further details on this see Go into Your Closet.
Dear Readers, if what I’ve shared might enrich your prayer time, it is relatively inexpensive and easy to make. But in honor of the greatest gift ever given—Immanuel, God with us, I’m giving away five ready-made prayer tools.
Eligibility and Rules
1. Due to postage costs, this is open only to those who have a mailing address in the continental United States.
2. Must email a message using my contact form stating “Enter me in the gift giveaway” before midnight Central Standard Time on December 13, 2021. Please do not use the comment section for entering the gift giveaway.
3. Limit one entry per person.
4. I will draw five names from the entrant submissions, then email winners, and announce them in my next post.
5. Winners will receive ONE prayer tool shipped via USPS to the address you provide.
Do you wrestle with staying focused in prayer? Do you have any practices, tips, or tools you employ in your prayer time? What has been a great benefit or resource for you? Please share.
Father God, thank You for providing the gift of Immanuel. Teach us to pray as Jesus did and cause us to grow in the grace and knowledge of Yahweh, maker of Heaven and Earth. Holy Spirit correct us and intercede for us when we ask amiss. Thank you for your faithful love that endures forever. Amen.
I am a follower of Jesus Christ, grandmother, great-grandmother, foster care parent, and trauma survivor. I enjoy sipping tea, writing devotionals, prayers, short stories, and unburdening my heart to the Lord. Check the About page if you want to read more of my story.
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