My Prayer Plan in 2017
I am a prayer writer, meaning that I write my prayers down in a book and reread them. I started writing my prayers down because sometimes when I am praying inside my head, there was a lot of noise. I wanted to be lease distracted in my prayers. As all my prayer warriors know, there are too many prayers to pray to be able to write them down daily. So I started rereading the prayers that I have written, instead of rewriting them. I think there are some benefits to writing your prayers down, even if it is just a list. These advantages include:
- Being able to remember your prayer subject.
- Being able to track what God is doing in your life and others life.
- Being able to be intentional about what you pray about and not letting the immediate situation dominate your prayers
Although this has worked great, especially when I have been consistent. There are some changes that I plan on making in 2017; technically I plan on implementing them before. In my prayer book, I will have two types of prayer: in-depth prayer and constant prayer (I couldn’t think of any better name, lol.).
The constant prayer is one prayer about a person or situation. It is concise and straight to the point. The in-depth prayers are structured as follows:
- It consist of three prayers
- It has concentrated prayers in three different areas:
- Prayer about God
- Prayer about the person or situation
- Prayer about the devil’s involvement
- It is focused on prayer areas that don’t seem to have quick turnaround without God’s will for an immediate turnaround.
The reason for the in-depth prayer that I will be adding to my prayer book is that sometimes we underestimate the different people involved in each moment in life. Some of us have a tendency to put too much or little influences in different areas. It is about having a balanced approach to prayers. I think it is even more important to have a balanced approach to prayer when we know that we have to buckle down on things we are going to have to pray about for a long time.
One of my favorite teachings on prayer is found in Luke 18:1–8,
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Luke 18:1–8 ESV
The Lord says that He is better than the judge. As God’s people, he will do right by us, but we have to be willing to go in entirely with Him. We have to trust Him beyond the immediate future. This prayer plan is my attempt in my life to be more vigilant and persistent in my prayer life. We all know that prayer is powerful; we just need to be focused.