Prayer. One of the most difficult spiritual disciplines. I have prayed as long as I can remember. I believe in the power of prayer. I have seen God answer prayer in a matter of moments, in weeks and years. Yet, my prayer life seems to an area I struggle. Despite all i know about prayer, I struggle to be consistent. Yes, that word again. Consistent. I don’t really struggle to pray, but I struggle with remembering who I promised to pray for. I struggle to articulate my prayers. I give up on prayers when not answered my way or in my timing. For years (23+) I have journaled. Those journals hold my inner most thoughts, and much of what I have written becomes prayer. I often look back through those journals and am reminded, struck with a recurring truth or convicted by lessons already learned. But in recent years, the journaling alone just didn’t seem to be capturing the entirety of my prayer life. I wanted more. I wanted to be more faithful (consistent) in interceding on behalf of others.
The little box pictured above is my Prayer Box, my little version of a Prayer Room. I LOVE it. It is simple. I purchased the box and the embellishment at Hobby Lobby. I purchased tabbed dividers at Mardells Christian Bookstore.
I have divided the box by category and subject. The pink is for all things related to home: family members, physical home. Blue is for volunteer activities and organizations I am involved with. Green is for my business and clients. Orange is for friends and acquaintances. I simply date a note-card and write out my prayer and any related scripture. When a prayer is answered I write the date on the back of the card and a prayer of thanksgiving. On occasion I will send the card on to the person for whom I prayed. Most often I simply place the card in the back of the box. There are times when I feel compelled to alter my prayer. I simply date another card, write out my new prayer and staple it to the front of the original prayer card.
I LOVE my box. I still journal and often prayers from my journal make it to my prayer box. However, my prayer box has proved a much more effective way to consistently pray. I keep the box next to the chair where I spend my morning quiet time. I look through it every single morning. If a prayer request seems more urgent, or I am prompted by the Holy Spirit, I pull a card and carry it with me throughout the day. Sometimes I hang the most pressing prayer cards on the back of my master closet door so I am prompted to pray each morning and evening. I love the flexibility this box system affords me. I don’t feel limited by space. I am not having to flip back through journal pages looking for a specific request. Pages are cluttered with extra notes, lines drawn through answered prayers etc.. it is portable. I can grab the box and pack it or pull out the prayer cards and slide them into my organizer. I LOVE it.
Prayer is vital to our spiritual being. Prayer is the opportunity to connect with God. I believe in prayer. I want to be a powerful prayer warrior. I want to persevere, not giving up and believing with faith action.
If you have struggled with prayer, or like me, want to grow your prayer life I challenge you to create your own little prayer box. See what God will do.
Steps to Creating a Prayer Box
- Select a pretty box that speaks to your creative spirit.
- Purchase tabbed dividers. You can find them at any office supply store.
- Label the dividers according to subject: Who do you engage with daily? Where do you serve?
- Set aside 2-3 thirty minute segments over the course of this next week to write out prayer cards. Put in writing those prayer requests you already have committed to. Begin to place those prayers in the appropriate categories.
- Each morning look through your prayer box. Follow the Spirit’s prompting as you name each prayer. Pull out those you feel compelled to ponder over.
Prayer boxes are great for families and children. When my girls were young we kept a small box on the kitchen table. They would pull a card each evening to pray over. You can simplify or expand the idea above to meet a multitude of needs.