The Prayer List
On my desk lies a pile of quarter sheet slips of paper. In fact, the pile is scrap paper others would throw away. The stack of papers is held together with a bull dog clip. This unsophisticated pile of scrap paper is my prayer list. I call them cards if I am talking to other people, but they are actually just quarter sheets of scrap paper.
In my middle desk drawer is a greeting card bottom from a box that perfectly holds quarter sheets of paper. That box is filled with little notes that remind me of things I need to address in a weblog someday. When my mind is drawing a blank, I sift through those ideas.
In my top left hand drawer is a stack of quarter sheets of paper. (I am left handed) That stack is ready for use. I take notes on those sheets and throw away when a task is completed, or added to my box of ideas, or into the prayer stack.
Now, why am I telling you about my apparent thrift? Well, for years and years now, since I graduated from college, others have recommended prayer journals. Churches hand out prayer lists on Wednesday nights. None of that works for me. It is overly organized. I am a simple person.
Here’s the thing: whatever works for you, just get it done! That raggedly looking clipped together stack takes about 25 minutes to pray through. When a prayer request is answered, it goes in the trash can. (Doesn’t seem right, does it?) I don’t have to cross through it, put a date beside it, and all that stuff. Simple.
One more simple idea from the Bible: I Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
**Post script: my blog site is simple. No fancy pictures or side bars. I always hope the message is profound. Sometimes it is. Once in a while. Just as I checked this in grammar check, it is 4th grade level! Simple!