I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world. --Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 28, 29. {ChS 112.2}

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Prayer List Cruise

We continue with a review of the various 'methods' of prayer as outlined in Dorothy Eaton Watts' book, Prayer Country: A Tour Guide to the Wonders of Prayer.  Today's post is taken from her chapter entitlted "The List Cruise" and gives suggestions for various "prayer lists".  Watts points out that lists work well for people who have a choleric, organizational, work-oriented temperament.

Here are some suggested ways to experience the "List Cruise" in your prayer journey:
1. Divide a sheet of paper into 5 columns and write WANTS, JOYS, CARES, FEARS, SORROWS at the head of the columns. Write as many items as personally apply to you under each category.  Read God the list as you pray.
2. Set up a Prayer Journal dedicated to prayers you have for individuals.  A spiral notebook works well for this.  On one side of the page list all the people for whom you want to pray.  In a second column, write down what your prayer is for them (they may have asked you for prayer, in which case you may want to write down their request), and in a third column you can list what the outcome was, date, etc.  You can take this journal with you and if you are stuck in traffic, flip to your prayer page and pray.
3. Blessings and Challenges List(s): Make a list of your blessings and/or challenges and present them to God during a praise devotional you have.
4. Godly Decision-Making.  If you are struggling with making a particular decision, write it out as you know it, and on one side of a page write all the "pros" and on the other side write all the "cons".  Bring this up with God when you pray and ask His help in making the final decision.
5. Goal Setting With God: Once or more a year set aside a couple of quiet hours with God just for this purpose.  Enlist His help in setting your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, family, professional, social, and financial goals for the next period of time (one year, five years, six months, whatever).
There are many other excellent suggestions in this chapter.  Read the book!

*image courtesy of Jason Antony, Vancouver, BC, at StockXching.

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  1. Esther2:14 AM

    Have you heard of The Jesus Prayer?

    I think its one of the most important.

    Heres a film being made about it:

  2. Hi Esther, thanks for your comment and the link. Jesus did teach us to pray in the Bible, as the disciples asked him to and we have the general format of how to do that with the "Lord's prayer". In reviewing the Prayer Country book I'm attempting to reinforce that idea that there are many approaches to prayer that incorporate the elements that Jesus considered important to building a relationship with Him... and that's what it is all about right? I have some familiarity with features of the hermetic and contemplative prayer life through the Raven's Bread Ministries at http://www.ravensbreadministries.com/. God bless, Cynthia