Anywho, in that schedule, I mentioned my quiet time with the Lord. Although prayers are a personal thing, I do also think that we can encourage one another in our prayer life. I, myself, find great joy in hearing how others approach the throne of grace for those they love. I love praying for others, and it brings me such peace knowing that others approach that same throne on my behalf, as well.
I don't normally have a certain order of events, per se, when I pray, but because I'm super forgetful these days, I do try to consistently praise Him first for the blessings I and my loved ones have received and then lead into praying for others and myself and anything else that comes to mind.
Part of my prayer time for others includes praying the neat prayer below that a friend of ours from church sent me way back in February--she got it from this blog right here. Since then, I've been praying this for The Husband daily, even on, especially on, the days when we're irritated with one another. It's amazing how it changes my attitude so very completely. I do add in my own requests, as well, but this covers a lot :)
Dear Lord, today I pray for my husband, from head to toe.
- His Head –That he will look to You as Lord of his life. (1 Corinthians 11:13)
- His Mind - That he will have the mind of Christ and think as the Holy Spirit would lead him and not the flesh. (1 Corinthians 2:16)
- His Eyes –That You will keep his eyes from temptation and that he will turn his eyes from sin. (Matthew 6:13, Mark 9:47)
- His Mouth – That his words will be pleasing to You. (Proverbs 19:14)
- His Neck –That he will humble himself before You and be strong, courageous, and careful to do everything written in Your Word so that he will be prosperous and successful. (James 4:10, Joshua 1:8-9)
- His Arms-That You will be his strength. (Psalm 73:26)
- His Hands-That he will enjoy the work of his hands and see it as a gift from You. (Ecclesiastes 3:13, 5:19)
- His Ring Finger – That he will be true to our marriage vows and that our love will never wane. (Proverb 3:3; Malachi 2:16)
- His Legs – That he will stand firm in his faith and not waver. (Psalm 62:6)
- His feet – That You will order his steps and that he will walk in Your truth. (Proverbs 4:25, Psalm 26:3)
I pray for Baby Boy, too, of course. I'm sure I pray the same things that you pray for your children (godly wisdom, health, kindness, a heart for God and the people He loves, etc.), but I pray these prayers over him, as well. I found this via, where else?, Pinterest a few months ago. I like that it's one thing a day. One aspect of his character I can focus on. Wouldn't it be neat if our own parents were praying these same things for us, too? Hint, hint, Mom and Mom-In-Law ;)
I think the thing I love most about those two prayer lists is that they are based on God's word, and I don't think we can ever go wrong praying His word! I mean, it's HIS word!
Lastly, this is the time I pray for my prayer partner's requests (ahem, hey you, send me your new list!), family members, friends, our church body, job issues, house frustrations, and anything else people ask me to pray for. But, sadly, I do forget some requests.
So, here's a question for you...
How do you keep from forgetting people and things to pray for? Make a list? Post sticky notes in key places? Put it in the calendar on your phone/computer?
Ok, I lied. One more question...
Are there any prayers that you say often or that someone shared with you or that you read in a book that you've found helpful? If so, send them my way!