Praying for one another is the first act of serving others that a Christian learns to do. We pray for the protection of our families. We pray for those who do not yet know Jesus Christ as their Savior. And we pray for our own spiritual growth. But sometimes we forget to pray as we ought to. This is why I have included a Prayer Tracker in my Bullet Journal.
Basic layout of a prayer tracker in a bullet journal
My prayer tracker is similar to a monthly habit tracker.
- I write “Prayer Tracker” at the top of the page
- Then, I start writing the days of the month from the bottom of the page and write up. The numbers are written in reverse, so I start at 30 at the bottom of the page and work upwards. I leave 2 lines open in case I miss a date (like I did this month).
- Next, I write the first letter of the days of the week next to the day of the month.
- Finally, I write the names of all the people I am praying for between the page title and the first day of the month. I write vertically so that I have one column per person.
That is the basic setup of my monthly prayer tracker.
Who do I pray for?
There is one thing for sure, you will get more prayer requests than you are able to handle. There seems to always be somebody on Facebook looking for prayer. Or a family member or friend going through a hard time. Not to mention the family and friends of your friends.
I separate my prayer into two categories. Once-off prayers and routine prayers. I only track my routine prayers on my prayer tracker.
I keep my routine prayers limited to the number of people I can comfortably pray for in 30 to 45 minutes. This means I pray for:
- Myself. They say that if the oxygen masks drop in an airplane you must help yourself before helping others. That is why I pray for myself daily.
- My family. This includes my husband and my children.
- Closest friends and their families. I classify my closest friends as those people who I can spend an hour or more talking to without effort.
- People that do not know Jesus Christ as their savior. There are so many of these people in the world. I know you will encounter many of them. I let the Holy Spirit lead me to the ones who God wants me to pray for.
A brief word about once-off prayers
A once-off prayer happens when somebody asks me to pray for their uncle who has cancer. I will go into my quiet place, or the bathroom if I am able, and I will spend 2 or 3 minutes praying for that person.
After that, I only pray for that person if the Holy Spirit brings them to the front of my mind.
Sometimes I pray for somebody as a routine for a short period of time (e.g. a week), but I stop after that.
I would love to read my Bible and pray every day, all day, but there is work to do. That is why I have to pick the number of people I can pray for daily without going over a 30-minute time frame.
How to fill in the monthly prayer tracker
What color are you going to use?
If you are using color, how are you planning to use the color? Some people color code their prayers. For example:
- Blue for maintenance prayers. These are general prayers for protection over the person as they go about their day. Or prayers for things that are not problems to never become problems. It is a good idea for mom’s to pray that their children never become addicted to drugs, even if their child is 3 years old!
- Red for prayers for the lost. These are the prayers you are saying for people who are not Christian to come to know Jesus Christ as their savior.
- Orange for specific requests. These are prayers for provision, guidance on how to handle a difficult person and so on.
- Green for praise, thanks, and when God fulfills a specific prayer request.
I am planning to use the color code above next month. This month I am going through each color in my pencil box with a new color each day.
Quiet your spirit before praying
I usually start my prayer time with 5 minutes of silence, asking the Holy Spirit to cleanse my heart. I ask Him to show me any fault within me that will hinder my prayers. Then I sit and listen for guidance.
If I feel a problem in my spirit, I deal with the problem before I continue with my prayer time.
Example: Before starting my prayer time on the 8th of November 2017, I had an unsettling feeling in my spirit. I asked for guidance on what was wrong. God spoke into my spirit and told me to stop playing a certain mobile game. I asked why, and I knew it was because I was becoming addicted to it.
The game was taking up mental space that I should use on something that would benefit myself and my family in the long term. The Holy Spirit wouldn’t let me concentrate on prayer until I had notified my teammates that I am leaving the game.
Color in your prayer tracker as you pray
As I pray for each person on the list, I color in the block next to the day of the month and under their name.
What to do if you miss a day?
For my husband, my children and myself I follow the prayers in Stormie Omartian’s books. If I miss a day, I try to catch up by reading the previous day’s prayer as well as today’s prayer. I color the square in with today’s color though. This indicates that I have caught up on prayer.
When I am praying the same prayer every day, as in the case of praying for people who don’t know Jesus Christ as their savior, I leave the square blank. By leaving the square blank I can see how many days I missed that month.
What prayers do I say for my family?
As mentioned, I follow the prayers in Stormie Omartian’s books.
There are 3 of her books that I own and use for my prayers:
I love those books and I recommend them for every person who is serious about praying for their families. In these days where the family is under attack, it is important to pray for your husband and children.
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How do I pray for people who do not know Jesus Christ as their savior?
I always ask the Holy Spirit to give me the words to say when praying for people who do not know Jesus Christ as their savior. But generally speaking, I ask Jesus Christ to:
- command His angels to attack and remove any demons in their household, work or body.
- prepare the soil in the field of their heart for planting the seeds of faith.
- Remove the rocks from the field of their heart. In this case, the rocks represent lies that the person believes to be the truth.
- Pull up the weeds from the field of their heart. These weeds, in my metaphor, are people, addictions or even TV shows, that strangle the faith out of the person. They are the source of the lies in the previous point.
- Fertilize the soil. The fertilizer represents bringing Christ-loving people into this person’s life.
- Water the soil. The water is the Word of God in my metaphor.
- Plant the seeds of faith. This is the hint of a belief that Jesus Christ is the savior.
Bible verses to remember when creating your prayer tracker.
What does the Bible say about Prayer?
The Bible tells us to pray continually:
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
It tells us to not be anxious about anything, but rather pray about everything:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Phillippians 4:6-7
We are also told to pray for our enemies:
But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. – Luke 6:27-28
How does a person pray?
We are to pray in our room and close the door:
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. – Matthew 6:6
Do you have a prayer tracker?
I would love to create a gallery of different types of prayer trackers here on my blog. If you have a prayer tracker please leave me a comment. I will get in touch with you for your photographs and linking details.