Praying Through the Church Directory
Recently, I heard about a very simple approach to strengthening our prayer life: Use our church directory as a prayer tool.
Using our church directory, you can divide our membership into groups of whatever size you wish. You’ll pray for one group at a time until you have prayed for the whole congregation. You can pray daily, weekly or how often you’d like. You can pray for 5, 10, or more families each day. It’s all up to you.
How about this idea? Each page in St. Paul’s directory has approximately 30 families. That might be a nice way to divide the congregation up – pray for a page each day. There are seven pages. So, that would mean that the whole congregation is covered in prayer by you each week. People might even appreciate knowing when you are praying for them and you can tell them. For example, you could let them know that you pray for them every Thursday.
If you’d rather pray for smaller groups of members, you can do that or maybe you’d just like to pray for a certain length of time. Then, as you pray for each person or family, just place a check mark next to the name on your printed copy of the directory (this also helps show how many times you have prayed through our directory).
If you can’t think of a specific prayer need for a member or if you don’t know them well, then just pray a general prayer such as this: Dear Father, I treasure my wonderful church family. Thank you for them. I ask that you would watch over __(fill in the name)__ and fill up their lives with Your goodness. Pour hope into their hearts and shower them with love and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
By using your church directory as a praying tool, you can help fulfill the Bible’s encouragement to “pray without ceasing.” : )
What a great idea, Becky. I used to wonder about that verse. I realized that all throughout my day I am praying when I talk to God about various things in my life. I have my quiet time with the Lord, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to begin my day. I pray in the shower, in my car, at work, and when I get home. I suppose this is considered praying without ceasing. This encourages me to talk, listen, and rest in Him. Thank you, once again, for the good words!
You're welcome, Jane! And, thank you for sharing, as well! : )