A prayer jar is a simple, easy to make, tool that can help us to ensure we are intentionally praying for the people around us! So, how did I make my prayer jar – and why?
How do I make a prayer jar?
To make a prayer jar, you will need:
- 1 x Jar (yes this is the same jar Candyfloss got stuck in)
- Lots of lolly sticks
If your jar has a label on it, you will need to remove this – I recommend soaking the jar in warm water first as it peels off a lot more easily! You can then decorate your jar any way you would like! You could use tissue paper, paint, pens; the possibilities are endless.
Once your jar is decorated, you can then create a handle to allow you to carry your jar! I used some twine, but any strong string will work fine. All you need to do here is simply wrap the string around the rim of the jar (tight enough that it doesn’t slip off) then tie a piece over the top to create a handle.
Now, we can move on to the lolly sticks! On each lolly stick we are going to write someone or something that we want to pray for. This could be a person, an organisation or charity, a church, a group of people, a specific situation, a country or so many others!
Then simply pop all of these lolly sticks into your jar and you have a prayer jar!
How do I use a prayer jar?
A prayer jar can be as versatile as you like. Whenever you choose, take a lolly stick and take the time to spend five minutes praying for just that person, group or situation. You could include this as part of your daily routine or have it somewhere obvious where you can grab a lolly stick every time you have a spare five minutes, whatever works for you!
Who should I include in my prayer jar?
You can include whoever you like in your prayer jar, but I recommend that you take a few minutes whilst writing your lolly sticks, to prayerfully ask God to bring to mind people that he wants you to pray for. I also intend to keep adding people and situations as I find out about them or feel called to pray for them.
A few ideas of people you could include:
- Your family
- Your church
- The government/authorities
- The poor or homeless
- The lonely
- The persecuted church
- People you know who don’t yet know God
- Those who are ill
- Those who are grieving
This is not an exhaustive list – there are so many more!
Why should I make a prayer jar?
Praying for other people is such an important part of our prayers – yet I feel that it’s something easily forgotten. Have you ever prayed, finished, then 10 minutes later though “Oh no! I was meant to pray for so and so!” – it can be difficult to remember every person we want to pray for. Or sometimes, the sheer number of people we want to pray for can feel overwhelming – a prayer jar allows us to intentionally spend time focusing our prayers upon just one person or situation at a time.
ALSO, the Bible says we should be praying for each other!
“Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
– James 5:16
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people”
– 1 Timothy 2:1
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”
– Philippians 4:6
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
– Ephesians 6:18
So, why not make yourself a prayer jar? Who will you include?