We’ve all been there, someone is going through something and whole heartily we tell them “I’ll pray for you.” There are times we remember to pray for them, but there are also other times we forget. In true transparency I’ve even said a very quick prayer just to be able to check it off of my list. Please don’t judge me on that, but I think we’ve all been there. That’s why I have been working hard on my prayer life. I truly think these reminders throughout the day are so important and have helped me grow in my prayer life. They have helped me to not only pray, but to take the time to pray pinpoint prayers that are fruitful for the ones who need them.
- Set reminders/alarms on your phone
This has been a HUGE game changer for me that I learned from a close friend. I love this tool especially for people that need prayer at specific time of the day. For example if they are going into surgery, a job interview, traveling, going to the Dr. etc. I set my phone alarm at the time needed for me to pray, and I will make their name the title of the alarm. If you know you are going to have a busy day set an alarm for 5 minutes before. That way you can excuse yourself if you are with someone, go somewhere quite, and say your prayer without distractions.
- Sticky Notes
Y’all my love for sticky notes is real! I seriously don’t know what I would do without them, I use them for everything! They come in handy when you need reminding of pretty much anything, and that includes reminding you to pray for someone.
I do this in two different ways. If the sticky note is going to be somewhere others can see I just simply put the persons first name only and the date I start praying for them. If I am putting it in my Bible that stays at my home or my prayer journal I will put the persons name on the note, the date, and a very short description of what exactly I need to be praying for.
You can also give that sticky note to them with the date you started praying, and the date God answered that prayer. This is something that they can hold on to and cling to in difficult seasons. They can be reminded of His faithfulness. There is power in knowing a reminder that He is with you, He does hear you, and He is faithful in every season.
- Pray for them out loud right then and there
I Know this can be scary, but praying out loud and proclaiming God’s promises over them is a very powerful thing! I can tell you every friend I have that has prayed aloud over me and proclaimed healing. These prayers mean so much to the person needing them, and there is power in speaking life aloud!
“The tongue has the power of life and death…” -Proverbs 18:21
While it’s terrifying it’s His work, and nothing bad ever comes out of doing His work with a heart and mind focused on Him.
- Ask God to tuck that prayer request into your heart, and to bring it to your mind during your prayer time.
I recently heard on a podcast when they came up with ideas for their business, and they cannot write it down they ask God to tuck it into their heart, and they ask him bring it back to them when it’s time for them to work on it. I LOVE this idea and I think it can be applied to our prayer life as well. I like how this shows us to trust in God, and to relay on Him even more. I do believe that when we ask Him this with sincerity that He will provided, but we have to be disciplined enough to hear Him.
- Have a trusting prayer buddy
Now I do NOT recommend telling them WHY you are praying for that person, but I do recommend giving them the first name of the person you need to pray for. The reason I like having a prayer buddy (my prayer buddy is my mom) is that they can hold you accountable. She will call me and say “hey did you pray for ________ today”? This accountability helps me to remember to prayer for them if I have forgotten.
Plus I know my mom is praying for that person. Even if she only knows their first name, I know she is lifting that name up to God, and asking for Him to be with them. I also know my mom isn’t going to say anything to anyone. She is a strong faithful follower who knows her place is to pray and not talk about them.
I hope that some of these tips helped you to remember to pray pinpoint fervent prayers for someone in your life who is needed it. If you have any tips please share them with me. I am always looking for new reminders. Do you use any of these tips before or are they new to you? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below I really enjoy talking to you all. I hope your Friday is going great, and you have a blessed weekend!