Prayer Tip For All Who Compartmentalize
There came a time in my life when my prayers seemed to be all over the place. I try to stay in an attitude of prayer all the time because I receive prayer request daily. In order to do this, I learned I needed to stay focused and intentional when it came to praying.
“Pray without ceasing.” 1st Thessalonians 5:17. NKJV
I started journaling, but, I would move on and change my prayers often and then forget the very thing I had been praying for. Sounds crazy I know, but, it was my reality. My mind would become clustered with too many thoughts and I found it difficult to sort through them. I knew I had to throw out the ugly thoughts and focus, but, it was more difficult than I imagined and I would go into panic mode wondering what was important and what wasn’t. Through this journey, I learned to compartmentalize.
Compartmentalizing is known as a coping mechanism. It protects us from having too many thoughts bombarding our minds causing chaos and confusion. I knew I needed to be able to see God’s hand at work in my family’s life and be able to trace my journey filtered through His lens. Simply put, I needed to see the answers to my prayers.
So with these things in mind, I decided
it would be best to assign specific days to specific people so my prayer focus for them would be clear and to the point. Once I did this, journaling became easier and God’s vision for their lives came into focus as well as understanding their prayer needs. It’s been wonderful watching their growth and seeing my prayers answered in ways I had not experienced before.
Sunday, I keep this day for worship because it’s what we do. I pray with others and make notes of any additional prayer needs. Mondays are devoted to my husband. Tuesdays are devoted to my children. Wednesdays are devoted to family and co-workers. Thursdays are devoted to our leaders, our country and other leaders that God may bring to my mind and Fridays are devoted to praying for any other noted prayer request I have been made aware of. Saturdays are devoted to my spiritual growth and Sunday School.
“But you, when you pray, go into your room and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father, who is in the secret place, and the Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Matthew 6:6 NKJV
This has really helped me and my prayer is that it may be of help to you. If you have any tips you would like to share with others please feel free to leave them in the comments below. I would love to hear from you. God bless.