When I Grow Up I Want to Be a…Prayer Warrior

I grew up with prayer warrior grandparents. My definition of a prayer warrior is someone who is diligent in going before the throne of God in prayer, presenting requests to Him. I want to be like my grandparents and other people of that generation who knew the importance of prayer and thought highly enough of it to dedicate many minutes and hours to it throughout the day. I especially want to be a prayer warrior for my husband and kids. I have been reading through a plethora of books on prayer lately, and one made note that if I am not going to pray for my kids, there are likely very few others who will. Point taken.

Some of the books that I have been reading through have helped me immensely. They are:

One of the suggestions I’ve run with has been to create prayer cards for my boys with Scripture and prayers written out.  I found the perfect thing are Staples- Cram Cards.

They are index cards that come with a hard plastic cover and back, and a ring that can be opened so that the cards can be removed or rearranged.

I’ve been slowly filling the cards up as I read Scriptures that I think are applicable to my sons.

I love the fact that the cards are easily portable so I can throw them in my purse when I’m going out (say when I know I have a wait at the doctor’s office or elsewhere).  I’ve also taken to writing out a special verse a week to pray for the boys and then leaning the cards up against the window above my sink so I can pray while I clean the kitchen.  It’s been a really good reminder that not only am I called to try and discipline and teach my boys right from wrong, I’ve also been called to pray for them.  What a privilege and a huge responsibility that I do not want to be lax in.

Anyone else have any good prayer tips?

4 thoughts on “When I Grow Up I Want to Be a…Prayer Warrior

  1. I’ve found liturgy to be helpful – and pausing to use them at set intervals throughout the day. “Praying the Hours” or “The Daily Office” as people call it.
    The books I use are called “The Divine Hours” by Phyllis Tickle. There’s a set of thee (winter, spring, summer) I work my way through. I never hit all 4 offices in a day – and rarely even two – but it’s been a big help in shaping the practice so far.
    “In Constant Prayer” by Robert Benson is a great (excellent/amazing) primer on what it’s all about.

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