As I was listening to a sermon given by Dr. Charles Stanley, he mentioned having a prayer book where he kept track of what he prayed about each day and he would put the date next to his prayers and jot the date of when his prayers were answered. This was so inspiring to me that I stopped the video I was watching of him and went out to my van to get a medium-sized notebook I had bought a week before to label it as my Prayer Book.
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; – Collossians 4:2
Dr. Stanley was talking about effective, fervent prayers being answered and how we pray differently and more fervently for those we love. I thought about my friends who I feel are like family to me as well as my family of origin who I have nothing to do with and how I have prayed many times for these people. I wanted to write this down, who and what I prayed for and on what date just to keep me accountable to prayer and making special time for this, instead of saying a quick prayer on the fly as I go out into the day. I feel this is time that should be taken seriously and reverently so I want to make it more of a special time with the Lord and also be able to look back and see what I prayed for and what had been answered.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Tonight at work I prayed for our country and our leaders, for example. I want to make prayer an effective tool I use to walk my Christian walk. Dr. Stanley said we pray, and that’s what we do, and I believe prayer is what makes Christians so special on the earth.