A few months ago when I revamped my whole prayer/quiet time life, I did a lot of research on what exactly I needed to make myself successful. After reading a lot of posts, articles and books, I decided to keep it simple. This simple binder has transformed my prayer life and keeps me on track so I pray for everything I value. This binder has also helped me see how blessed I am in different areas of my life.
You can find everything I used at Target if you choose to make your own! The mini binder I got from the Target dollar spot for $3. I like the size of it because it matches the size of my Bible, which pleases my OCD. It is also interchangeable for when I enter new phases of my life. I also have 2 sets of dividers: five plastic ones, which organize bigger themes and six cardboard ones from the dollar section. I also have mini paper and a folder
My labels for the plastic folders are praise, myself, family, husband, and future. I will spend a few minutes on each section and pray for that topic. After each divider, I have a few pieces of paper that have ideas for prayer for those items or Bible verses that relate to it. This helps my mind jumpstart so I can be effective with my quiet time.
Praise – In this section, I take time to praise God for all that he is and all that he has done. I find Psalm 145 very helpful in this section because it runs through everything that God is. I also have a list of things I am thankful for that are more permanent in this section.
Myself – This section varies based on what I am struggling with or working through. I ask God to mold me into the women he wants me to be. Also I pray that he would show me my purpose and give me chances to bless others. This is a section that can be personal to you, so I go on Pinterest and look up Bible verses based on what I want to work on. I then write them in this section, and every few weeks I will move to a different area or topic.
Family – Family is one of the most important things to me, so, especially since I come from a big family, I need a good system to truly be effective in praying for them. So I use the smaller cardboard dividers and I write down each of my family members’ names. Behind each one of their dividers, I have a page of personal things I want to pray for them. Praying for seven people every day can be overwhelming, so I use a paperclip to keep track of where I am. I pray for one member of my family each day and then, I move the paper clip to the next person for tomorrow. I find this really effective because I am able to spend more time on that person.
Husband – Why do I have this section when I am unmarried? I am VERY passionate about praying for your future husband (ask my family!). I am so passionate I even write to my future husband. If you would like a post on how I do that and that binder please let me know! So back to this section, I have a pretty long list behind this divider because I pray for him anything that I would want him to pray for me. A few ideas: his relationship with God, that he will be a spiritual leader in our future household, that he will have a heart for our kids, that he will resist sexual temptations, and for the basics (work, school, home). I always end this section by praying for his emotional, spiritual, and physical health. Than I pray that God molds me into the women he needs and him into the man I need.
Future– This section can be anything that you are worried about or want in the future. I use a similar method as in the family section, but I just have paper with divider flags attached to them. My subsections are blog, school, work, relationships and children. Blog, school, and work are pretty similar, but I just pray for guidance, future positions, or specific struggle or people in that area. In relationships, I pray for specific friends or struggles I am having in friendships or lack of friendships. Lately, I have been struggling with a lack of community so I pray for that in that section. In the children section, I pray for my future children, the blessings I want in their lives and for me as their future mother. These sections also get rotated through with the paper clip method.
At the very end, I have a plastic folder where I keep any handouts that church or people give me; these encourage me to pray for people or organizations. This is kind of a catch all; if something doesn’t have a section, it goes in this folder. I will briefly pray over these when I have extra quiet time.
If you are looking for a system like I was just to keep everything organized, I encourage you to try this out. I have found it so helpful and I get a lot more praying done because I don’t have to think about what is next. Let me know how this system works for you or how you tweak it to fit your prayer life! Follow me on Instagram for encouraging bible verses throughout the week!