Praying can sometimes be really hard to make a habit…at least it is for me! I toss up quick one liners throughout the day and call it good. I’ve been convicted lately about how casual I am about my prayer life. I think that it came to a head on the National Day of Prayer . Suddenly I felt a very real urgency to pray diligently! In the National Day of Prayer pamphlet, there were suggested prayers regarding government, military, media, business, education, church and family. Suddenly the light bulb went on – 7 areas of focus and 7 days of the week!!! This is frequently referred to as “The 7 Pillars of Prayer” — who knew? Probably everyone but me!
“I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life …” 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Going forward, I have decided to pray for each of these areas on each day of the week. I even came up with a chart to keep track (you can find it here).
This is the basic idea that I have (following the order in the pamphlet) —
Monday – Government
Tuesday – Military
Wednesday – Media
Thursday – Business
Friday – Education
Saturday – Church
Sunday – Family
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicle 7:14
If you haven’t downloaded the weekly prayer chart yet, do it now.
Please join me in prayer!