Creative Reminders to Pray
"I will pray morning, noon, and night, pleading aloud with God; and he will hear and answer." Psalm 55:17 (TLB)
Why is it so easy to remember every word to my favorite 80's songs, but so hard to remember to pray for others?
There have been many times when I've told a friend, "Yes, I will pray for you." Then time goes by, and that promise slips my mind. Guilt fills my heart as days later I remember the forgotten prayer request.
My heart's desire is to pray with purpose for each person and every need because I know God listens. The psalmist knew this too, and wrote these words in Psalm 55:17, "I will pray morning, noon, and night, pleading aloud with God; and he will hear and answer."
That's my intention too. Unfortunately, life's busy schedule and my dwindling memory keep me from praying the way I want to.
So I asked the Lord to help me in this area. And He answered that prayer in an unusual way.
For some strange reason, I have the uncanny ability to remember the make and model of my friends' cars. God used this ability to help me generate prayer prompters. Seeing the make and model of a friend's car prompts me to pray for them.
But God didn't stop there. He also showed me how to use other prayer prompters besides cars. Maybe my list will help you generate your own prayer prompts.
• A red Honda minivan: Renee Swope and family (She used to drive one)
• When my ears ring: Lysa TerKeurst (She had some damage to one ear)
• Leopard print: Lisa Allen (She loves leopard print)
• Purple, especially pens: Sharon Sloan (She loves purple)
• Fog or low lying clouds: Kristi Butler (We call low lying clouds the glory of the Lord)
• Wonderful, Merciful Savior: My former pastor (It is one of his favorite songs)
There are many ways we can remember to pray. Enter prayer requests as an appointment on your phone with an alarm to remind you. Write names and requests on a calendar to pray on specific days for specific people. Keep a notebook with you and record prayer requests.
Prayer prompts make it easier to pray morning, noon and night as the psalmist did. We can use red minivans or reminders on the calendar. Whenever the Holy Spirit prompts us to pray, God will hear and answer. Our prayers don't have to be long, with big and lofty words. We just have to remember and pray with a sincere heart.
Dear Lord, I know that You hear and answer prayers morning, noon and night. Help me to be faithful to pray. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Reflect and Respond:
Think of one person you want to pray for faithfully. Ask God for a prayer prompt for this person.
Purchase a spiral notebook to keep as a prayer journal. Ask God to help you fill it.
1 Thessalonians 5:17, "Pray without ceasing." (ESV)
James 5:16b, "The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with." (The Message)
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