For several years I have been gathering ideas that promote a consistent prayer life. Prayer on a much broader scale than what I had been doing. Some ideas worked a bit, some flopped. It frustrated me to promise to pray for someone, and to my dismay realize it a week after the request! My heart was in the right place, but my distractibility was a detriment.
There was a growing realization that need was much bigger than my current prayers were including. It has been a wonderful thing to learn to see past my own small life and care about the needs of others, as much as my own. A wonderful thing happened. I came across the book Confessions of a Prayer Slacker by Diane Moody. Finally someone who was not too all-together, faulty and honest about it, telling her story. She is so transparent I laughed half way through it, then she hits you with it. The heart of her story. The hope of developing this discipline that God desires from all of us. The book is so good, I would recommend it to anyone.
It inspired me to develop my own prayer journal. I did some research and found a blog that listed one woman’s steps in this area. I knew this was what I’d been looking for. A friend and I have been wanting to do this together so I made us each a journal, ready to be personalized, with every subject matter having a home. Small enough to carry, big enough to expand and change with time. If you are interested in reading more about this, the blog address I enjoyed so much is http://acrossmytable.blogspot.com/2009/01/enriching-ones-prayer-life-by-use-of.html