December 15, 2008
Anyone feeling a need for accountability in dedicated daily prayer time in '09?
I'm looking for someone (or several someones) who are not already happy with their current routine regarding regular personal prayer time, and feel like doing something about it.
I don't spend regular time "just praying" daily, and I'd like to change that. I pray every day, but usually while I'm doing other things, like driving, doing laundry, showering, cooking, meeting with friends... I also read the Bible most days, but I don't tend to pray over the passages as much as I'd like. I want to be changed by what I read, and that takes prayer.
I want to start with a very modest goal of spending ten minutes each day doing nothing but conversing with God by myself, whether about scripture I've read (not including the reading time), or just in worship, confession, intercession (for myself and others) and listening for guidance. I hope it will turn into longer, but I only want to commit to ten minutes at first and see if I can even do that, long-term, since I haven't been lately. I realize it sounds puny, but one has to start somewhere. I want to become consistent.
What I really need (I think, based on experience in Bible reading) is someone else who would like to take on the same mission for themselves, and would like to check in with me once a week by email to report our accomplishment of the goal each week for a certain amount of time (maybe 6 months and then regroup?).
I'd like to jot down daily in a journal a brief something (maybe just a word or a phrase/thought) that comes out of each time of prayer, so I have a record, and something specific to share each week (as appropriate). Or I might even pray by writing in my journal, as that has helped to keep me focused in the past. But that takes longer. We'll see.
- Committing to at least 10 minutes every day of dedicated, focused solo prayer time while not doing much of anything else (I imagine walking alone would be okay!)
- Email each other once a week to update each other honestly on how it went that week
- Starting January 4th, say for 6 months until July 4th
Anyone interested in joining me?
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I love this idea and would love to join you and we can be accountable to each other. We can also share prayer requests with each other! I know I'll have many in the coming months. Thank you!
Posted by: Melene | Dec 16, 2008 7:15:49 PM
Great, Melene - and three people have already responded likewise on my Facebook page to the same query, so now we are five! I'll contact you by email about how we will proceed. :-)
Posted by: Katherine | Dec 17, 2008 10:57:18 AM
A wonderful plan! I would also like to join you in this. The Bible reading plan has been a huge help to me for consistency in Bible reading this past year. I hope to continue that with you also, the abbreviated version you mentioned. There is so much I had forgotten about that rereading brought up for me. Prayer is such a powerful tool we too often neglect! Only four more days to hugs! Mom
Posted by: Patricia | Dec 17, 2008 5:36:51 PM
I would like to join you, too, if you don't think it's too many. I already had a "project" of spending more time in prayer this year.
Posted by: Sherry Early | Dec 29, 2008 7:20:58 AM