Write it Down

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Where I make my list.


Soooo - picking up from where we left off on Monday. (I know, Justin Beiber is a total distraction.) Prayer.

I said my recent prayer journey started when I attended church with my parents a few weeks ago. Well, wouldn't you know, that when I got home and opened up Devotional Classics (yep, still working on it) the next section is titled, "The Prayer-Filled Life." Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding!! (I tell you, that God and his timing - he is a sneaky guy.) The Prayer-Filled Life section includes some famous written prayers. Long, beautiful, deep prayers, and while I've never written anything like that, I do write a lot of prayers, by list.

I started embracing my inner-nerd and writing down my prayer requests on August 6, 2009. I was faithful until August 27th. Then I tried again in October 2009, but I didn't really jump on board until April 2010. Now, after two false starts, I can say that I've kept it up.

My prayer list is part of my morning quiet time. I started because I realized that it is kind of disingenuous for me to tell someone, "You'll be in my prayers," if I then go home and forget to actually pray for them. So in April, I wrote down a particularly pressing need, and I really prayed about it. And then I wrote down more needs (and wants) and kept praying. Now, my list is long. But here is the cool part - many items are checked off.

Yes, I put a check mark next to the prayers that are "answered" - however that happens. It is amazingly satisfying, because I get to see that God is listening. And the list helps me remember those items that are ongoing: illnesses or difficulties that are not over, or personal goals that I need to keep working on. The unchecked items are the ones I used to forget about, but now I remember because they are on my list.

If you've read The Help, you'll remember that Aibileen wrote down her prayers. Many folks in her circle wanted to get on her prayer list, because they felt like she had an extra connection to God. Maybe it was her consistency that got results? Maybe the author didn't intend to make a point on prayer, but it struck a chord with me because when I read the book, I was list-making, too. And for me, the repetition, order, and straightforwardness that comes with a list makes me feel extra connected to God.

And isn't that the point?


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7 Responses to “Write it Down”

  1. I totally started doing this after reading The Help as well. I love it! I also thought the same thing about telling people I would pray and then forgetting. Now I remember and I feel so much better about it. I don't feel like I am "bold" in my prayers right now either, but I am trying to be...
    Thanks for this insight. :)

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  2. I have not read that! Thank you for sharing this! I have not heard of this before.

    Have a great weekend!

    Melanie
    ~ http://melscoffeebreak.blogspot.com ~

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  3. How did I never think of doing this? I make lists for EVERYTHING! What a great idea. I have also had the guilt of telling people we would pray for them only to forget. You are inspiring me, Courtney!

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  4. Im visiting from (In)Courage, I'm a list girl too and I also do struggle with saying "i will pray about that" and pray a few times but not always until there is an answer.
    I cant believe i never thought to make a prayer list & i can see just what a huge visual encouragement that would be. I used to journal and looking over where God has brought me through is such an encouragement.
    Thanks Courtney,
    In His Grace

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  5. I love this and think it is so important! If you'd like to share some of your answered prayer and link up to my blog hop at the end of every month, I'd love to read your stories!
    http://ktinajoy.blogspot.com/2010/10/filed-under-grace-october.html

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  6. I love this and think it is so important! If you'd like to share some of your answered prayer and link up to my blog hop at the end of every month, I'd love to read your stories!
    http://ktinajoy.blogspot.com/2010/10/filed-under-grace-october.html

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  7. I totally started doing this after reading The Help as well. I love it! I also thought the same thing about telling people I would pray and then forgetting. Now I remember and I feel so much better about it. I don't feel like I am "bold" in my prayers right now either, but I am trying to be...
    Thanks for this insight. :)

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