Friday, March 5, 2010

Prayer Tools

I realized at the beginning of this past year and into the new year that my prayer life was pretty undisciplined. It's just something that comes a little harder for me. I was so grateful to come across two tools that have been such a blessings in spurring on my prayer life. The first is this website - Matthew Henry's Method for Prayer. I, and now my husband too, LOVE using this website. The site goes through various prayer focuses - adoration, confession, petition, thankgiving, intercesion, and more. The prayers are formed directly from passages of scripture, so you are confident that you are indeed praying the will of God! I love it, especially the adoration part where you get to praise God for his attributes - for who HE has revealed himself to be.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God; Psalm 90:2(ESV) the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8(ESV)

Another tool that I have found helpful in reminding me to consistently pray for family, friends, government, etc is prayer cards. This was my sweet husband's idea that I copied. I have different prayer (index) cards for Mon-Friday, in which I list seven people/things I want to intercede for. I didn't do ones for Sat. and Sun, because knowing me I will get behind on one of the other 5 days, so I appreciate the extra 2 days to catch up.

Hope you can benefit from these tools too, as we seek to confidently approach the throne of God. That we can even approach His holy presence should keep us always in awe.