Charles Spurgeon said, “Prayer bends the omnipotence of heaven to your desire. Prayer moves the hand that moves the world.” I want my prayers to move God’s hand! I want to pray effectively! Especially for my children. As moms, we get to be part of God’s work in their lives through our prayers.
Learning to pray effectively and consistently is a life-long process. At least it has been for me. When I have prayed faithfully, I have seen God move. But there have been seasons when I slacked off. My prayers weren’t as effective as I wanted them to be—as they should have been. I recognized it when one or more of my children were in crisis. Although my lack of prayer wasn’t necessarily the catalyst for those crises, they reminded me I should have been praying fervently all along.
Sometimes, though, I feel if I prayed for every one of my family’s needs (not to mention for others), I would never get up from my quiet time chair.
Maybe you’ve had these thoughts, too. They can overwhelm and make us feel guilty. In reality, it’s the Holy Spirit’s prompting to get busy about the business of prayer.
As a bonus, I designed these prayer cards to help you stay focused during your prayer time. There are three sets.
- One with a place for your child’s name
- Another for each day of the week
- And an untitled set
Having something in my hands helps me stay focused during my prayer time.
Setting aside certain days of the week for categories of requests helps me make sure I pray for other needs that are important, but I don’t have time for every day. Plus it keeps me from getting discouraged!
In addition, the following books have greatly influenced in my prayer life.
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