This is yet one more idea from A Woman After God’s Own Heart, by Elizabeth George. I had actually been doing something similar before I read the book, but I took her ideas and made my prayer notebook even more efficient.
I use a spiral bound notebook that I purchased for ten cents at a back to school sale.
I think it is important to mention that I only pray for all these requests after I have praised God, spent a time of worship, thanked Him for blessings, and confessed my sins. Only then do I open my little book and start asking. Then, after I am done with requests, I find it a blessing to sit and just meditate on God for a while.
Inside Cover: Answered Prayers!
Anytime I feel discouraged, tired, or useless, I open my book and the first thing I see is the many answered prayers. I will soon have to add pages for this section!
Page One: Special requests
Here, I list special requests that I am praying daily for. Friends and family members with problems or issues are here, upcoming events, tests, etc. When someone calls and asks me to pray, it goes on this page.
Page Two: Daily
On this page are the people I pray for daily. My immediate family, parents, brothers and sisters, nephews, our country, myself, and a couple people I find hard to love are on this page. For these people, I have a few key words to help me remember all the areas I want to cover in prayer. Other family and girls from my Bible study group are also here and I pray generally for them all each day. I pray more specifically for them later, as you will see.
I also have a reminder at the bottom of the page that says:
What else does God put on my heart today?
This reminds me to be quiet and wait for prayer requests from the Holy Spirit.
Pages Three-Eight: Days of the Week
Each day of the week has its own page divided into four sections. These requests are prayed for once a week.
Family and friends: Here I list families in my extended family and churches in our area.
Girls from my group: Each day, I pray extensively for one or two girls in my Bible study group.
Ministry: Here, I list a character trait I’d like to develop that can improve my ministry for God. Some things include: a servant’s heart, mercy, encouragement, etc.
World: Each day of the week I pray for a country God has put on my heart.
Pages Nine and beyond: Verses and more
Sometimes I will record a verse or a Word from the Lord here. I don’t do it daily, since I write more in my Bible study books. However, sometimes something is so encouraging or applicable that I include it in my prayer book.
This is a guideline, something to help me in my prayer life, not a rule book. Keeping track helps me to remember to focus on others and needs outside my own family, but I never rely solely on my book. I rely on the Holy Spirit, but I also believe God makes tools like this available to us for a reason. It has increased my prayer ministry and helps me to pray more intentionally for loved ones.
That’s a good enough reason for me!