Covering Those I Love

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my daily schedule.  I've stuck to it most days; though I freely admit that on other days I've *gasp* completed the things completely out of order, or, dare I say it?, not done certain things AT ALL.  It's so unlike me.  Oh dear!  It appears that my organizational and scheduling habits might be flying out the window.....Kidding.  I don't think I'll ever not be organized.  Even now I'm dreaming of how (thanks to creative ideas on Pinterest!) I'm going to organize the changing table once it makes its way into our room.  Baskets and baskets of cloth diapering goodies!  I can't wait! You should know I'm on the verge of letting out a super girly, giddy squeal. 

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 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 6:13Mark 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 4:10Joshua 1:8-9)
  • His Arms-That You will be his strength. (Psalm 73:26)
  • His Ring Finger – That he will be true to our marriage vows and that our love will never wane. (Proverb 3:3Malachi 2:16)
  • His Legs – That he will stand firm in his faith and not waver. (Psalm 62:6)

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!  

Comments

  1. Ugh!! How did you know I was irritated with my hubs today? Thank you -- sure needed this.

    To answer your question. I'm all over the place. I've tried being organized, but I felt bound by my organization. I made this HUGE prayer binder. Okay it was really cool and I still like the concept. I had 31 dividers, one per day. I had two monthly prayer journals that I liked. I think one was Stormie O'Martian. So I spent tons of time typing them both out. One of them was divided into sections -- Praise, Self, Husband, Children, Personal Influence (Senior Pastor), and Reaching Beyond (POTUS). I love both of these. Then I printed two pages behind these -- one says We Give Him Thanks and I write down the date and all that I am thankful for. The other is We Humbly Ask and there I obviously write down my requests. It's neat to go back and see what I wrote on that date. Looks like I was very active in 2010 but not so much since. :( Perhaps it's time to try again! I could dig up the files on my computer if you'd like to read them. Not that I recommend this system -- it's kind of burdensome. But you might find something in there you like.

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    1. Haha, I was slightly irritated with mine, as well :) Must have been one of those days!

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  2. Ok I just remembered the other journal was Lisa Whelchel's "Busy Mom's Guide to Prayer".

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  3. We'll be on our way in a little bit. We can talk about prayer when we get there! Can't wait to see you. Love you.

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  4. I have a smallish binder, 6x9" roughly from college. I used to keep monthly list of people and prayer items. Now I have a yearly list that I add to regularly, and check off when they are answered. I have used this binder off and on for many years and adjusted the way I use it. Right now I have groupings such as Pregnancies, Marriages, Deaths, and Jobs, and then, miscellaneous items as they come up. I write in pencil so I can make adjustments in the requests as needed. It also helps me to check in with the people I am praying for to see how things are going. As with most everything in my life, if it is written down, it is more likely to get done. :)

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    1. Wow, binders seem to be the way to go! I like your idea of grouping things (prenancies, marriages, etc.). I also like the idea of being able to see when prayers are answered!

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