Back at the end of July, I moved to a new house, a new church, a whole new city. Whilst change is a scary concept, I also find it a great opportunity to try new things. I suddenly have less commitments, more free time and a whole new place to make my own – it’s exciting!
So, one of the things I wanted to include in this new space was a visual display of my prayers. One of my friends had shared how she had done this and I just felt it would be such a great way to remind me to pray, record how God has been answering my prayers, and help me to consistently pray for the things God had put upon my heart.
Would a visual display of your prayers be helpful for you? Check out this video of me putting together my prayer board, or keep reading to see the steps to help you get started.
Find your space
Where in your house do you want to put your prayer board? The film War Room shows how you could use a closet or cupboard (check out the lessons I learnt from War Room here), but you could also use anywhere in your house really! Ideally, the space will be somewhere you see regularly, or close to where you usually spend time in prayer.
Find your board
What do you have in your house that you could put your display on? You can simply use a wall, but many people can’t do this either because of conditions of their rental or they simply don’t want to damage their walls. So what else could you use? Personally, I found a noticeboard and an old whiteboard that weren’t serving much of a purpose anymore.
How to display your prayers
Plan your types of prayers
This step may not apply to everyone, but for the crazy people (me) who like to organise everything, it can be great to decide whether you want to display different types of prayers in different ways. You could have sections for confessions, thanksgiving, intercessions for others people, petitions for yourselves, prayers for people, prayers for situations or world prayers. Personally, I chose to divide my prayers into prayers for specific people and situations that are personal to me; world prayers/things on the news; and prayers of thanksgiving, praise and confession.
Find some scriptures to help you in your prayers
It’s always important to stay rooted in scripture and having scripture on our prayer board can help us to focus upon the truths of scripture and ensure our prayers remain focused upon God’s will. Some examples could be:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
– Philippians 4:6-7
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
– 1 John 5:14
“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”
– 1 Chronicles 16:11
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”
– James 5:13
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”
– Psalm 145:18
The best way for your prayer board to develop is for you to start praying. Building your board, making visual reminders, and recording when your prayers have been answered can be a great source of encouragement and build your faith. I can also help you to pray more throughout the day and focus upon those things you know you need to be praying about.
Do you have a prayer board? Are you going to create a prayer board? Let me know!