We talked it over on the way to work this morning and decided that it was something we wanted to go for, a discipline that we want to and need to nurture in our lives. (We went in to work early this morning, so the fact that either of us remembers the conversation is impressive.) To help make it real, give it some accountability, we are putting it up on the blog.
Right now it’s like I have a coffee date with God penciled in every day. Some days I make it; some days I don’t. Most of the days when I do it’s like I sit there more concerned with my coffee than with God – no meaningful exchanges, nothing but small talk to make it not seem awkward.
The idea of this 31 day prayer challenge for Will and I is to have it mapped out, already know at least one thing to be praying for that day. That way we will be more likely to stick with it, and on days when our minds are blank or overwhelmed, the list will provide guidance for a deeper, more meaningful prayer time. It’s like brainstorming topics to talk about with someone before a first date.
Please, join in with your own prayer challenge! Our list is down below, and you can find the original inspiration in this post on the Wetherills Say I Do here. Some of the items on our list are ones she suggested in her post, others are specific to an event we have that day, or personal concerns/passions that we added to the list.
July 8th: Discipline for the next 31 days resulting in a deeper/more constant prayer life July 9th: Our Moms July 10th: Our Friends’ new Babies July 11th: Siblings July 12th: the Homeless in Lexington July 13th: Our Community of Friends July 14th: Will’s Thesis July 15th: Generosity July 16th: Random Reminders of God throughout the Day July 17th: Extended Family July 18th: Serve the City July 19th: A Random Person from Your Day July 20th: Courage/Desire to share the Gospel July 21st: Your President/Country's Leader July 22nd: China July 23rd: Work/Work Ethic July 24th: A lost friend (spiritually) July 25th: Grandparents July 26th: My Dad July 27th: Future Kiddos July 28th: Our Marriage July 29th: A Better View of People who Rub You the Wrong Way July 30th: Yourself presently July 31st: Your future self + family August 1st: Spouse August 2nd: Jared & Ruthann August 3rd: Neighbors August 4th: Courage to Take Risks August 5th: Co-worker (specific person) August 6th: Boss August 7th: School
We are joining in this challenge with Madison and her blog; would you join in with us? Near or far you are our friends, and we would love to have some extra accountability and encouragement in this effort.
Leave a comment down below on our blog and/or Madison’s blog.
Lastly, share any tips you have for developing a better prayer life. It’s definitely something that I need help with. The place I always have to start is with creating a time and space for it (generally the morning before Will’s up). For the next 31 days the time and place is with Will right before bed, so I have the starting block covered, but I would loves some tips and hints to help carry me through these 31 appointments.