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Remembering To Pray

Journaling by LN by ekhum, on Pix-O-SphereFor everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.  Matthew 7:8

Do you have a hard time remembering to pray?  Do you tell others you will pray for them and then forget?  I thought I’d share some tips to help you remember to pray.  I don’t know why but this is the one (and possibly only) area that is solid routine.  If I tell you I will pray for you, I do.

* If you say you will pray, do it right then and there.

* Have a prayer journal.  If you can find something that fits in your pocket, even better.  Take it with you everywhere.  It’s awesome to look back and see God’s answers to your requests.

* Write the requests where you will see them; post it notes, a white board, chalk board,etc.

* If you have a request you want to remember regularly, choose a trigger object to remind you; a certain word, a color, a song (preferably one that will play frequently), a picture, etc.  This is one of my #1 methods for remembering a specific prayer that I want to pray for regularly.

* Set a specific time and place to sit and pray each day.

* Set up reminders on your computer calendar or phone.

Do you have a prayer reminder method that works well for you?  Please share it!  Have a prayer request?  Share it here or send it through the prayer request tab.  I will pray for you.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Phil 4:6


8 Comments

  1. Wonderful tips, Mel! Thanks for them. I admit I am guilty of telling others I will keep them in my prayers but sometimes forget to do so. I like your encouragement that I can actually pray right then and there for them! 🙂 Thanks again. Be blessed always!

  2. I have to admit that it’s been a while for me since I really, really prayed. I almost lost faith not too long ago because I use to be very faithful in my prayers but I have just felt that the answers are always NO and I just sometimes want to hear YES.

    • I understand that feeling. I think we all have them, I wish more people would be honest and admit it. Somedays are just hard and some seasons in life suck. Period. I’ve spent so much of my life in the “sucks” season that I hope and pray for this one to be better 🙂 Hugs to you! ♥ Mel

      • Oh, honesty is my first name. If you can’t be honest, then you’re only lying to yourself. I don’t like to whine or anything but my whole life has been one giant “SUCK” period and yet I still come out strong. I’m still trying to understand why God has to trust me so much to have to keep going and going through what I do. I get frustrated at him and I do have my conversations with him. If people could see me, they would probably think that I’m crazy, lol. I finally broke down the other day and apologized for not coming to him any sooner and that I just needed his love and help right now. There are some things that are happening to me and I feel like I’m being ignored and I dont’ know why. Sorry it’s so long but when I’m on a roll, I really go, lol.

        Big Hugs to you too!

        • I will be praying for you. Every time I see the word blue, I will pray for you. That’ll be my trigger reminder 🙂 I hope things improve. Trust me, I know what you are talking about.

  3. Brilliant tips. I feel terrible when I worry so much then realize that I haven’t been praying. Thanks for the great ways to prompt prayer!

  4. After much searching and feeling rotten due to forgetting to pray for specific requests as I’d promised, I found and downloaded an app onto my Blackberry. I’m not sure if it’s available for other/all smart phones, but it’s called “Prayer Steward” or “Promise2Pray”. Since my phone is always with me no matter where I am, all I have to do when someone asks me to pray (or when I see or hear of someone and just feel prompted by the Holy Spirit to be in prayer for them), I add their name and prayer need (if I know it) to the app and try to go through my lists a few times each day, but at least once each day. (Due to chronic health conditions of my own, I set a reminder in my phone’s calendar to pray over my entries at a certain time daily, and that helps also.) It allows you place each commitment to pray into its appropriate category (i.e. healing, mourning, salvation) and to also add your own categories (some of my additions: military & families, Church on the Street in Atlanta, Ga which is a mission outreach to the homeless, prayer Scriptures, etc.), and also unlimited space per commitment/request to add notes, updates, specific details, etc.

    This app has been and is a huge blessing to me and in my prayer life. Oh, there’s also a Petition category for areas in my spiritual life and walk that I need to work on and be in prayer about. Those are particularly encouraging to update. I also added a Praises category.

    Sorry, I’m rambling – my thoughts are terribly unorganized today, but I hope my words have been clear enough to at least give you an idea of what all this app is capable of doing. 🙂

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