How Do I Remember to Pray for All the Things?
Early in my parenting journey a wise mom impressed to me that one of the most important roles I have is to be a prayer warrior for my husband and our kids. James 5:16 says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power and is effective.”
Recently, I found a system that has helped me to more diligently pray for my husband and kids, as well as all the other things. I simply took index cards, colored pens, and a binder clip. I started by labeling each card with a person or category that I felt lead to pray over. Each kid has a card, my husband, our community group, the elders of our church, the ministry where I serve, changes we are facing, etc. Then for each one, I gradually wrote in prayer requests informed by the scriptures.
For each kid, my husband and I chose a word for the year. We wrote a simple definition and a bible verse that informs the trait. Each morning, with coffee in hand, I start my time with the Lord praying the things listed on the top card, then I rotate it to the back, and the next day I pray for the things on the next card.
My hope is that you’ll either use this method or it will help you to find a system that works for you to pray for all the things on your list. May we be women of prayer!
About the Author
Alison Treadaway married Marshall in 2005 and have three amazing kids: Parker, Callie, and Tucker. They are a family that loves Mexican food, the Aggies and all things outdoors. She leads The Nest (a gathering to encourage and equip moms as they raise the next generation of Christ-followers), facilitates a small group through Watermark’s Women’s Bible Study, and writes regularly for Watermark’s Family Ministry Blog. She partners with her husband shepherding community groups, and occasionally teaches at women’s groups and mom gatherings outside of Watermark.