For a long time I found it hard to keep a consistent prayer list. I tried so many different things. I used note cards, post-it notes, the ‘notes’ app on my iPhone, and a whole host of other things all to no avail. I would either lose track of my lists or not use them because I couldn’t carry them around with me everywhere. So I started to ask myself the question, “How can I create a prayer list that is simple to use, easy to update, and with me everywhere?” This blog post is the answer to that question. Since switching to the prayer list method I describe in this post I have found my prayer life to be more intentional, refreshing, and focused. I think you will too. Here is how you can set up your prayer lists like mine in four steps:
1. Create An Evernote Account
Evernote is a free note-taking app for both Android and Apple users. If you don’t have a smartphone you can still get an Evernote account for free at www.evernote.com. Evernote gives you the ability to create notebooks, notes, and a million other things I don’t even use on a regular basis. The use of notebooks and notes will be all you need to create a prayer list like I use.
2. Create A Notebook
Once you have an Evernote account, you will want to create a ‘notebook.’ This is easy to do. Just click on the ‘create a notebook’ button that will appear at the top of your screen on Evernote (see image below).
3. Create A Note For Each Category of Prayer
This is where I found Evernote so helpful. After creating a notebook, you can create notes within the notebook to section off different categories. As you can see in my prayer notebook (below) I have several categories: family, marriage, personal, salvation, ministry, and missions. Feel free to create your own categories that fit your life and influence currently.
4. Write Prayer Requests In Each Note
After you have created a note for each category you will need to fill in prayer requests in them. I do this by having different headings in the note. As you can see below, I have in my ‘ministry’ note headings like pastors & staff, college ministry, and my church’s Thursday night bible study. This enables me to update them as I pray through each heading every week easily.
I hope you will be able to use this method and see your prayer life grow as you bring before the Lord specific, intentional, and focused requests.
I am a Husband to Clarissa, Lead Pastor Resident at College Park Church in Indianapolis, 'Tweeter' at @brad_merchant, and avid reader of books.