Monday, October 18, 2010

organized: praying

yesterday my sister and I went to church in Eugene and got to hear an amazing message about a man whose son was born 11 months ago with a failing heart. He was so humble and so simplistic with his words but they spoke with such strong power. It was so clear that the Lord was speaking through him as he talked about prayer, and his struggle with his son over the past year. He spoke on how scripture calls us to boldly and shamelessly ask God and be in prayer always to enter into what God is doing. I really felt the Lord calling me to prayer and the devotion of the time with Him.

as sad as it is to say, praying for other people can be tough. It's something I always desire to do, and have grown to know the importance of it more and more as I grow deeper in my walk with the Lord

Colossians 4:2 "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful"

it is so hard to be watchful and thankful when prayers are answered if you don't know what you are and have been praying for.

As a Young Life leader I have also found this to be tough as there are so many girls with different prayer requests as they are in different walks of their faith.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray continually"

my bible study leader Terri gave us a SIMPLE idea of creating a prayer calendar.

I printed out an outlook "week" calendar (Monday-Sunday). I started going through my friends and writing down 2 names on each day of the week ( I thought that this would space out my family from my YL girls, from my friends so that I would always be praying for different types of people in my life each day) I also put down things in my life on different days that I wanted to surrender to the Lord

Then, next to their name, I would write their prayer request if that had one, if not I just pray for them in general :)


  1. I love the Colossians that is amazing, I have a very very very hard time praying to God about a lot of things, and just giving him all of my problems ( I am a control freak)...I am really trying to work on it, but it's hard!

  2. Great blog post! I love that you are a YL leader. I loved young life when I was in high school... be it many many years ago :)

  3. that's a great idea! i really need to work on being more diligent in praying for people in my life. i seem to always forget the power of prayer.

    i know it's been awhile olivia, hope you are well!

  4. Love the calender idea! It would be great to be able to look at past weeks and see the answered a prayer journal. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  5. you know, i get lazy with prayer and sometimes just do my "go-to" prayer, but i need to be better about praying for specific people and certain things they're going through.

  6. thank you for the encouraging post! i find it always helpful to be intentional in what and who i pray for as well.

  7. LOVE this idea - thanks for sharing the inspiration!

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  9. Love your idea sweetie I struggle with remembering to pray for people and what to pray for for them so this is great!

    Thanks sweetie!



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