I'm thankful when someone asks me to intercede in prayer. I am blessed to pray for them and with them, and grateful to be part of what God is doing. (I love to pray right then and there - in grocery stores, in the hall at church, over the phone, in a car, wherever - it is marvelous.) I know I have much to learn, but the power and privilege of prayer blesses me so - and I wanted to share about that on this very rainy day here in Georgia.
Besides trying to stay in an attitude of prayer, I have a way that I organize my prayers so that I have a prayer focus each day. Be assured I am not bound by this, but it helps me stay focused and fruitful. I get off track just like we all do, but I always go back to this pattern. I started this prayer plan close to 20 years ago and first got the idea from a book by Emilie Barnes.
Daily: My husband, sons, daughters-in-law, grandson, my sisters and their husbands/kids, and the other pastors/wives at my church
Sunday: My husband as worship leader, my son who is a pastor, my other son who leads worship, and my pastor and other church leaders, our choir and orchestra, the deacons, Sunday School teachers, and God bless the nursery workers
Monday: Extended family
Tuesday: Leadership - Ministry leaders, Missionaries, Political leaders, my doctors and dentist
Wednesday: Those sick, bereaved and with special needs
Thursday: My list of those needing salvation
Friday: ME - specific things in my own life, goals, needs
Saturday: Whatever is on my heart - and also a good time to just read my Bible longer since I don't have to go to work
Also, here are some ideas about praying for others:
- If possible, pray right then! I've NEVER had someone say no when I've asked, "may we pray right now?
- Write down the prayer request and transfer it to your prayer journal.
- When God wakes you up in the middle of the night - PRAY! :) Because I am easily distracted and I know the enemy of souls does not want me praying, I keep a pad on my nightstand and in my prayer chair and if my mind wanders...I jot down what is interrupting me, and get back to praying.
Love & Prayers, Jan