I have mentioned to the church I pastor, that we have a VIP access into God’s throne room. What a privilege!
But sometimes, we don’t pray. I believe it was Spurgeon who wrote, “If you are not praying, it means you are not trusting in God.” Ouch!
I have found that it is very helpful to learn what other people do. I take what is helpful and apply it to my own life. In Disciplines of a Godly Man, a book I highly recommend, Pastor R. Kent Hughes, in talking about the discipline of prayer, encouraged his readers to use a prayer list That advice has helped me tremendously!
Here’s three big ways using a list has improved my prayer life
- Without a list, my mind wanders. There are so many things to think about, so many things going on, that mental focus during prayer can be a challenge. A list brings me back to the task at hand.
- Without a list, I forget. There is much to pray about! I am sure you feel the same way. My prayer list remembers what I need to be praying about.
- Without a list, I would not be praying for certain situations or people. This is more than just helping me remember. This is being proactive in setting up my time of prayer. With a list you are able to decide beforehand what or who you need to pray about.
Here’s how I set up my list.
I have it broken down into several categories:
- Sick & Grieving
- Important Events
- Problems & Opportunities
- Sunday Service
- New Believers
- Lost People
Under each category, I list people’s names or situations.
I don’t pray for every category every day. Some categories get more prayer than others, for example, ideally, I pray for my family every day.
I used to use a simple text app or note taking app to maintain my list. Now I use an app called Prayer Notebook. Here’s a video about it:
Do you use a list? What are some other ways you have found to improve your prayer life?