I am an organized person. In fact some people think I am hyper-organized. Call us Type A personalities, high strung, or detail crazy – we are the planners, system thinkers, and get it done people. So it should be no surprise an idea called a “Prayer Calendar” excites me.
I found this great concept the other day on the blog, Scripture Dig. The post was called “The Type A Person Prays” by Teri Lynne Underwood. Immediately I knew I found a soul sister. (By the way, Scripture Dig is a great web site too)
Teri defines a prayer calendar as a “a prayer calendar is a tool for organizing the major areas of prayer in your life.” She uses both a weekly and monthly format and in the post lists the categories. Her suggestions are great and will give you many ideas on how to model this for your prayer life.
I keep a list of people and ministries to pray for daily, but haven’t designated days or months like Teri has. I googled prayer calendars and found many organizations and churches share them each month. But I do like the idea of making my own – more personal that way.
I am traveling this week so plan to bring with me a September calendar to work up some ideas. I think I will also write out monthly themes as Teri does.
How do you organize your prayers?
Jean Wise says
Michelle I am a type a person too. One reason why this method appealed to me.. will see how it works….
That’s cool, Jean. And I like your monthly topics that you listed above. For such a Triple Type A person, I don’t organize my prayers at all. And I tend to pray for the same things over and over, so maybe this approach would help me grow in my prayer life a bit?
Jean Wise says
Robin, Here is my monthly ideas. I may change a little but think I will start with these:
Jan – new beginnings – discernment
Feb – joy
March – Letting Go
April – Kindness
May – Solitude and Silence
June – Hope
July – Love
Aug – Faith
Sept – Self control
Oct – Goodness
Nov – Gratitude
Dec – Giving
Sunday – churches, paster and church staff
Monday – ministries/ non profits
Tuesday – the poor, disabled, ill, those in need and struggling
Wednesday – next generation
Thursday – friends/family
Friday – those serving in military, government and other countries.
Saturday – People who work weekends and night shifts, public safety
Hope this helps
I am anxious to see what you come up with. I am kinda struggling with the development of mine right now 🙁
Jean Wise says
Thanks for the nice comments. I did create my weekly and monthly calendar themes. Thought I would try Fruit of the Sprit and other spiritual healthy habits for the monthly themes. Gratitude in November, discernment in January, Joy for February ( I saved love for July my anniversary month and need joy in the middle of winter). will post later in the year how this is going but love the idea!
Teri Lynne Underwood says
Thank you for this mention! Isn’t it exciting to find kindred spirits who “get” us?
Enjoy your travels!
Oh & thanks Kristen for your sweet words too!! 🙂
That’s a neat idea!! Mrs. Underwood is wonderful isn’t she? I’m off to check it out-thanks Ms. Jean!
Haven’t thought about orgainizing prayers. Wow, is that a surprise…teehee… But I do journal everyday, unless out of town. That does put in writing my thoughts and prayers to the Lord. Does that count?