I’m doing something new in my prayer life.
The idea came from my daughter Betsy. The last time I visited her apartment, she showed me one of her New Year’s resolutions in action. Betsy has resolved to pray for people she loves, and she does this by putting each of our names on a separate 3 x 5 card, along with the specifics of her prayers. The little stack of cards gets tucked into the back pocket of her Moleskin planner, which is always with her. When she has a bit of time, she pulls out the cards and prays for the person whose card is on top and maybe the next few as well. Systematically working through the stack helps her remember everyone.
Cards are helpful, she explained, because they are easier to update than a list in the back of one’s journal, and all the requests for the same person are together.
I loved this idea and decided to find a way to adapt it to my prayer life. As I was looking for index cards, I came across a box of metal rings, so I decided to punch holes in the upper left corner of the cards and ring them together. The ring allows me to hang them from the door handle on a kitchen cupboard on days when I’m home and want a reminder to pray throughout the day.
The cards also work well during my morning prayer time. The physical act of picking up the cards and holding them as I pray, and the motion of moving the top card to the back of the pile—these kinesthetic features seem to engage me more fully in the prayer and keep my mind from wondering.
When a prayer is answered, I scribble the answer in red ink on the card.
I also punched a hole in a Save-the-Date postcard for a friend’s daughter’s wedding as well as in the colorful oversized business card of some missionary friends. The pictures on these cards add a nice element to my little ringed collection. I’m thinking I might print out photos to add as well.
Want me to add a card for you? Just send me your prayer request. And don’t forget to let me know how and when God answers.
I’d also love to hear your creative strategies for staying focused and faithful in praying for others.