Organize Your Prayer Life

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I have a terrible memory.  I forget birthdays.  I miss doctor’s appointments.  I misplace my keys.

I know that I have a mind like a sieve, so I employ several things to encourage me to remember — calendars, alarms, apps all dispel the fog in my cloudy brain.

Organizing my life helps me to function more successfully every day.

I don’t know why this truth took so long to transfer to my prayer life.  For years, people would tell me to pray for things, and I would forget their request within minutes.

Then, I started saying, “Let’s just pray for that right now” (because praying two weeks before my neighbor’s surgery is better than not praying at all.)

Have you been there?

I don’t want to be a mediocre pray-er.  I want to be a world changer.

I believe in the power of prayer.  I believe that prayer is my battlefield.

Every good soldier marches onto the field with a battle plan.

Over the years, I’ve waged war on my knees in different ways — because not every campaign is won with the same strategy.

Effective Prayer Strategies

Start strong, my sisters.  Arm yourself with the tools you need to engage in battle on your knees.  Never give up.

Organize Your Prayer LIfe



Let’s Talk:  How do you organize your prayer life?  I’d love to hear your tips!


This year, my desire is to lift up holy hands and “Pray Big.” Want to join me? I’ve created a private “Pray Big” Facebook group for like-minded sisters to share their stories and surrender each one to our mountain-moving God in prayer. Let’s cry out to God together.

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I am sharing “Organize Your Prayer Life” and joining like-minded sisters at The Weekend Brew, Spiritual Sundays, Faith-Filled Friday, Blessing Counters, Live Free Thursday, Tell His Story, Coffee for Your Heart, Woman to Woman Wednesday, Three-Word Wednesday, The Soli Deo Sisterhood, Testimony Tuesday, Purposeful Faith’s RaRaLinkup, Rich-Faith Rising, Sharing His Beauty, and Playdates with God.

45 Responses to Organize Your Prayer Life

  1. Kathryn Ross June 6, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

    Wow ! Super post, Lyli! My artsy self tends to be all over the map organizing and forgetting and struggling through prayer. Been reading much on it and starting prayer walking again now that the weather is nice. It is my habit to pray in the car driving about. Will thank Mary for the inspiration leading you to post such a resource rich article.

  2. a spirit of simplicity June 7, 2015 at 6:24 am #

    great ideas.

  3. Lily Lau June 7, 2015 at 8:05 am #

    What a brilliant post, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Cathy June 7, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    This post was by far the most helpful one 3-D Lesson for Life. Thank you for sharing these practical strategies!!

  5. June June 7, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    Fantastic, Lyli! Have bookmarked, pinned and shared – will be coming back to this post often. Great resources. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Natalie June 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    Such God stuff here, Lyli. The top ten idea- implimenting that one now.

  7. Linda@Creekside June 7, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    Wow, Lyli. This is a true treasure trove of prompts and ideas. I find it hard to keep my prayer life organized in any meaningful way. It’s just a constant conversation.

    Journaling works best for me when it comes to a focused conversation with God. I’m so grateful He doesn’t grow weary of my wrestlings, you know?

    I hope this Sabbath has brought your soul refreshment, friend …

  8. MB June 8, 2015 at 8:43 am #

    Wow this is quite a list! Some great tips here, thanks.

    Yes I am all for praying for a person right then and there, even over the phone. It builds the others person up, plus the added bonus of not forgetting 😉

    I’ll definitely have a look into a prayer app though. That would be handy.


    • MB June 8, 2015 at 8:45 am #

      P.S. I was pretty excited to read in your “about me” that you like The Princess Bride! *high-five*

  9. Beth S. June 8, 2015 at 9:26 am #

    I so appreciate this post, Lyli. I need to bookmark somewhere so I can come back to it and really truly organize my prayer life. Thanks so much for sharing. xoxo

  10. Beth June 8, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    This is an incredible resource, Lyli! I’m going to be sharing it in the Twittersphere! Thanks so much!

  11. Kristin Taylor June 8, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    I’ve recently starting keeping lists in my journal organized by topic – specifically I’ve been investing time praying for people involved adoption processes. So with that, I keep details on the prayer list so I can follow up with these families as I’m praying. God’s been showing me how I can apply this to other areas of my prayer life too. You’ve shared so many fabulous resources.

  12. Lauren English June 8, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

    Wow, SO many good resources here! Thanks for sharing. I need a better technique to keep track of prayers, as well as to record when and how I see them answered. A journal or planner would be a great way to organize prayers and look back on how God came through for them. Thanks for sharing this!

  13. Tayrina June 8, 2015 at 4:31 pm #

    I loved this -> I want to be a world changer. There is not better strategy to provoke changes than with prayer. Great resources here, thanks for sharing. I’m part of that praying group in Facebook, thanks for having me. I’m visiting you from the Weekend Brew Link UP.

    Tayrina from TGAWrites

  14. Lisa notes... June 8, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

    These are great strategies, Lyli. I go through seasons where I am organized with my prayers, then other seasons when I’m not. These ideas will help me when I’m in a disorganized season!

  15. sandraj June 9, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    Lyli, I truly love every idea, and you have many! I, too, feel prayer should be approached in every way, and, it is wise to ‘plan’ and organize our time, even prayer time, to be sure we do this oh-so-vital communication! Thanks for making it practical..

  16. Ellen Chauvin June 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm #

    Great ideas and resources! Many people think I am naturally organized, but I really have to work at it. Now I see I need to do the same with my prayers and prayer time! Thanks! #TestimonyTuesday

  17. Mary Geisen June 9, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

    I love all the resources in this post. I have used a prayer app before but am looking for a new one so I will check out Pocket Prayer Pro. I also love Mark Patterson’s book “The Circle Maker”. It was a profound read for me. So glad to be your neighbor at #TellHisStory.

    • Mary Geisen June 12, 2015 at 11:05 pm #

      I am so glad you shared these wonderful resources at The Weekend Brew.

  18. Jenn June 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

    Awesome post! Love the ideas and the resources! 🙂

  19. Betsy June 10, 2015 at 6:49 am #

    This is a wealth of good ideas, Lyli! I keep a little prayer notebook: each day has a prayer for me that I’ve actually written out, one prayer for each role or hate that I wear. Then each day has a little list of people. I like your idea of the prayer cards when we’re on the go. My little notebook is a small moleskine, fits easily in my purse.


  20. Tiffany June 10, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    What a great toolbox to carry into our prayer closet – thanks for all the practical tips and advice, Lyli!

  21. Alyssa June 11, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    Thanks for such helpful information. I am visiting from the #raralinkup!

  22. Jen Ferguson June 12, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    I just shared this on Facebook – I think it’s amazing. I love Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word and I am going to check out the Pocket Prayer app!

  23. Donna @ Soul Survival June 12, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    Lili, what a great resource! Thanks for gathering all this info in one place. I’m going to try the “Pocket Prayer Pro.” Blessings!

  24. Constance Morrison June 12, 2015 at 11:36 pm #

    What a wonderful resource, Lyli! Thanks for giving ideas to help disorganized and forgetful people like me. I’ll be sharing this with my women’s prayer group.

    • Constance Morrison July 2, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

      Update: the women I shared this post with were happy to have these suggestions. I’ve added a prayer schedule in my planner. Thanks again for the ideas.

  25. Elizabeth Stewart June 13, 2015 at 12:54 am #

    I love the practical resources and ideas you posted here. I am a person who can make prayer too complicated and wordy, who can act like God only hears me if I pray with much effort. I’m trying to remember to keep my prayers more simple.

  26. Sarah Donegan June 13, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    Wow what an awesome list of ideas! Thank you!

  27. Barbie June 13, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

    Wow! This post is jam packed with helps that I could really use in my prayer and devotional time. I’ve pinned it for quick reference.

  28. Diana Rockwell June 14, 2015 at 10:33 am #

    I agree with Barbie, this is amazing. My prayer journal keeps me organized. I use the one from Becky Tirabassi, another great woman of prayer. She wrote, “Let Prayer Change Your Life.” Thanks for sharing, such a amazing post. I love your blog. Blessings Diana

  29. Valerie June 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    Great post! I try to keep a prayer journal cause otherwise I will forget things or people that need prayer. I always seem to want to prayer over every request at once, but I’m starting to realize that I should set certain days aside to pray for certain things.

  30. Brenda July 2, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    Lyli, I absolutely love this. So much.
    I’m going to hunt up that facebook group and join.
    I’m so in love with this whole concept.
    I love your statement: “I want to be a world changer.” Amen. Me too.
    Prayer is the definition of power.
    Thank you for sharing this.
    ~ Blessings ~

  31. Christine July 16, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    WOW, what an incredible list, thanks so much – there are so many great resources here! First time visitor from Faith Filled Fridays linky

  32. Laura Thomas July 24, 2015 at 11:59 pm #

    Wow- so many brilliant suggestions! Prayer is something many of us struggle with and overcompicate… I think you have given us a plethora of ideas to keep our prayer lives fresh an effective. Thanks so much 🙂

  33. Ken @YellowCloud July 25, 2015 at 4:46 am #

    Hi Lyli, thank you for this post. Truth is I don’t have a specific plan of how I organize my prayer time. I wake up in the morning and pray the Our Father, and at night before I go to sleep I’ll pray the Rosary. It keeps me peace through the Rosary. I love all the resources you put in this post. Like the other readers, it is indeed a super post. Much blessings to you!

  34. Melanie Redd September 4, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    What a great post, Lyli!

    I love all of your ideas and suggestions for organizing our prayer life. You’ve offered so many practical ways to enhance and improve our praying!

    Thanks for sharing such a helpful post. I came over on Faith Filled Friday, and I’mg glad to find your site.

    I pinned your post here:

    Hope you have a blessed weekend~

  35. Sheryl September 11, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    This is a really great resource. I can tell the time you put into pulling it together. Thanks.

  36. Meredith September 18, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    Thank you so much for this post! I have been really working on my prayer life lately as I know how important it is, but just can’t always find the time to do it. I also feel like I have struggled to be organized. I totally forget to pray for things all the time… Thanks for all of these ideas. I’m excited to try some!

  37. Susan July 16, 2016 at 11:03 pm #

    Inspiring and convicting as usual Lyli! Keep on shining

  38. Denise September 27, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

    Wonderful resources! It was like you were reading my mind. Many thanks!!!


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