I’m going to be completely honest with you guys, my prayer life is something I really struggle with. I’m not talking about the kind of struggle where you forget to have quiet time one day or you don’t feel like you’ve spent enough time with the Lord lately. I mean the kind of struggle where I have been telling myself for years that I need to devote daily time with God. Some weeks I do well at kind of devoting time, sometimes I go months without it. I’m just being real here, y’all.
So I’m putting my foot down. I’m setting goals and I’m committing my prayer life to the Lord. I know that when I seek Him fully, He will draw close to me. I pray that over the next 31 days I would develop a prayerful heart and cultivate the habits of spending time daily in intentional prayer.
I got this idea for 31 days of prayer from a variety of places. Originally I was going to do 31 days of prayer for my husband, which I do hope to do someday. But instead I wanted to keep things even simpler and give myself a different person to pray for each day. For some reason, I do a lot better with praying for other people than I do praying for myself. But I’m hoping that over the next month I’ll be able to develop the prayer life that I’ve always wanted to have.
The Bible talks all the time about how important prayer is, for example 1 Chronicles 16:11 says, “Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “Pray without ceasing.” I do pray throughout my day and feel like in a way I’m in constant conversation with God but the area I specifically want to grow is setting aside a few minutes here and there to really pray over these people in my life. I would love for y’all to join me on this journey no matter what stage of your faith you’re in.
I made a list of 31 people to pray for over the next month and you can feel free to use this list or create on that works for you. My idea is to pray for this person in different ways. It might be someone you know a specific need for and you can pray for that, or it may be someone who is far from the Lord and you can pray for that. You may not know a thing about them but you can still pray for the Lord to be working in their life.
Click here for part two including a printable list of all 31 prompts!