Overwhelmed, bored, lonely, stressed, anxious, frustrated, sad, concerned, depleted, stretched … these are all words that you may be feeling right now. This is the list that was generated when I recently asked a group of women (via social media) to share one word for how they were feeling about our current health crisis. I’m guessing you could easily identify with one of their words or you have your own word that would fit right into the list.
Our reality right now might feel surreal as we each spend our days trying to stay connected to the world via only technology. As people of Christ, we are also trying to navigate what it means to serve and love others while maintaining important physical boundaries. It also means we need to continue to pray for those we can no longer physically be with.
Each day of this month’s Everyday Faith Calendar features a prayer found in Scripture and a prompt to help you apply that verse to your day. Keep reading to check out six creative ways to pray during this time to help your family be constant in prayer as part of your daily rhythm.
Neighborly Prayer Calendar
Assign each day (or week, depending on the size of your neighborhood or building) to praying for the various households of those who live around you. If you know your neighbors by name or have a way to communicate with them, you can ask them for prayer requests. If you don’t know your neighbors personally, it’s okay to start by praying for “the neighbor in the blue house” or “my upstairs neighbor.” Over time, consider leaving a note in people’s mailbox or taped to their door to let them know they were prayed for on a specific day.
Your church probably has a prayer team or a way to serve that involves prayer. Reach out to your ministry team about how you could get involved in praying with and for your church community.
Family and Friends Prayer Jar
Write down the name of each person in your family and/or friend group and toss it in a container (jar, plastic container, bucket, etc.). Each day, pull out one name and pray for that person all day.
Use a map or a globe, if you have one at home, to pick larger areas of people to pray for and about. You could pray for one state or country each month. Research the state or country you pick to help you pray more specifically for the needs of the people there.
Once a day or once a week, ask your social-media friends and followers to share their prayer requests. You might be surprised by who reaches out in need. Bonus: type out the prayer you pray for them and send it to them via text or via your preferred social media.
Your phone can be used in many ways to help set prayer rhythms. Set a recurring alarm on your phone for times you want to stop and pray. Change the lockscreen or home screen on your phone to a picture of your current prayer focus. Save a screenshot of a prayer from the Bible to use, so each time you look at your phone, you see a prayer.
Pray through Everything
In Romans 12:12, the apostle Paul writes: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” What a great framework to use for our daily lives in this season.
As we continue to face new days filled with uncertainty and isolation, the need to pray has perhaps become more evident. Prayer is a great way to care for others, even as we are asked to be socially distant. Maybe you have not spent much time on your own praying before now and find yourself both compelled to pray but also at a loss for words. Paul’s encouragement to “be constant in prayer” can seem a little daunting. And it is, on our own. But Scripture gives us many tools to help us talk to God.
Learning how to pray was something Jesus specifically addressed with His disciples. Today, we have the gift of being able to look through Scripture to where the prayers of God’s people have been recorded over and over again.
On days when you are at a loss for words, lean on the prayers found in God’s Word. On days when you are overwhelmed, “rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” On days when you are lonely, “rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” On days when you are bored, stressed, anxious, frustrated, sad, concerned, depleted, and stretched, “rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
Pray from Scripture every day this May by downloading the Everyday Faith Calendar below.