If I'm being honest, my Prayer list often gives me that same ping-pong feeling.
So I decided to see if the less-is-more approach would help me with my prayer life (or lack-there-of). I created a small, pocket-sized journal to help me focus.
Each day I choose ONE prayer focus. It can be thanksgiving, salvation, praise, needs, requests, whatever God lays on my heart. Sure, I pray about other things during the day, but when I stop to pray, I have something to truly focus on.
I also choose three things to get done, and write them on the opposite page. Three may not sound like a lot, but those little grains of sand can add up!
This works very well in this busy season of motherhood. God can use BOTH my prayers and my actions to build up His Kingdom. He doesn't need my help, but He invites me to help anyway.
And that's not something I want getting washed away by the "urgent."
Writing down a single prayer focus for the day helps us do two things. First, it helps us take aim at the target. And two, when God answers, it helps us remember. -AT
Pocket Prayers Lesson for Kids
Some kids are naturals at prayer, while others struggle and feel overwhelmed by it. You can use the "Daily Prayer Focus" strategy with a single kid or groups (I'm using it with our American Heritage Girls troop). Here are some ways to talk about prayer with kids: