You know I’m all about keeping things simple. That is my motto, right? “Keep it simple, my friends.”
Perhaps you’ve heard one or more of these quotes:
“This is all that I have learned: God made us plain and simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated.” – (Ecclesiastes 7:29 GNT)
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
“Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein
Can you relate? I marvel at the times I’ve shared a simple solution with friends, co-workers, or clients, only for them to reject the advice because it seemed too simple to be effective. I just have to shake my head and wonder why people insist on making things complicated and hard.
Of course, there have been times I’ve complicated my own life trying to be perfect or win the approval of others or pursuing too many things at once. I’ve added wrinkles and demands to my life that did not need to be there!
We can get ourselves so tangled up that we can’t find our way out of a paper bag. But God is merciful and gracious and gently leads us into the clearings and well-marked paths. It’s learning to trust Him when you can’t see the forest for the trees where our faith grows.
One area of our spiritual lives we tend to complicate is prayer. I’ve often felt I missed the mark in this area so I try complicated programs or read books about prayer to become a “better” pray-er.
Don’t get me wrong – I love to talk to God. I practice what Paul encourages in 1 Thessalonians 5:17: pray continually. (NIV) I’m continuously chatting with God throughout my day. It’s often audible and focused but sometimes whispered as I step into situations where I need His grace. Sometimes I just express gratitude for the way He shows His presence in a sunset or the peacefulness I feel walking about the farm.
It may just be a quick internal prayer, “Lord, give me the words to respond.” when talking to a friend or my children. But when it comes to that consistent “I’ll pray for you” prayer time or that fervent prayer that Bible tells us yields good results (James 5:16 NKJ) I admit I falter.
How about you? How many times have you promised to pray for someone only to forget or peter out after a day or two?
We all have good intentions and let’s face it – there is a lot to pray about! Just think of some of the things we attempt to add to our prayer lists:
- salvation for family and friends
- the unsaved on the mission fields
- the missionaries we support
- our spouse
- our children
- personal challenges
- pastors and church leaders
- our country and its leaders
- our kids’ teachers
You’ve probably experienced that ugly guilt that comes when you are short on time and you cut your list short – or maybe you misplaced your list so you try to recall from memory who you promised to pray for…or maybe you are like me and you’ve given up on promising to pray because you know you probably will forget anyway?
After all, the Bible says …”do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.” (James 5:12 NIV) So, ya, I feel better not promising to pray than promising and not following through!
Let’s be honest: just sending praying hands emojis across the internet is not the same thing as actually praying for someone.
But, I suspect you are like me and you do want to commit to a consistent and unselfish prayer life. When I saw Shauna Wallace speak about the Simple Prayer Binder and the impact it’s had on her prayer life, I was all ears.
And when I saw the beautiful pink cover with the gold embossed letters “SIMPLE prayer” I was hooked – and I thought about you too!
As you know, I always encourage you to choose with intention, to simplify not complicate, to only add to your life those things which align with your core values and that will help you streamline and simplify. The Simple Prayer Binder does this and it’s customizable so it works for you by giving you a framework to organize your prayers but doesn’t box you into a system that doesn’t suit your style.
The Simple Prayer Binder helps you develop prayer habits of grace while giving you the flexibility to set up your binder in a way that makes sense for you.
The way it works is simple (you saw that coming, right?) You keep index cards with prayer requests and use tabs to divide into sections. This allows you to easily add or remove requests, update as needed, organize without having to rewrite pages in a journal, and it’s expandable so you can continue to add to it and create sections that serve your needs.
The binder is small (takes 3″x5″ note cards) so you can carry it with you or throw it in your bag or glove compartment.
Aside from using this prayer binder as a way to love and genuinely care for those in your life, it can be a powerful tool for evangelism. We’ve all had people say to us “I’ll pray for you.” only to wonder if they will or if they’ll even remember.
Imagine your co-worker’s face when you pull out a 3″x5″ note card and say, “Would you mind writing that prayer request on this card so I can add it to my binder and remember to pray for you?” They just might think you really mean it!
Being genuine and authentic is one way we show a broken world that Jesus is who He says He is.
The Simple Prayer Binder comes with videos to get you started and a 31-day prayer devotional to help you establish a consistent and meaningful prayer life.
But here is the good news!
I am giving away one FREE Simple Prayer Binder to a lucky Instagram follower. If you head over to Instagram and follow me @gallagherfarmandfaith, you can find the Simple Prayer post and instructions on how to enter. I promise it will be SIMPLE!
If you can’t wait for the contest to end you can head over to Shauna’s website, Becoming Wholly His, and purchase your Simple Prayer Binder today! Once you sign up you will receive all the instructions for getting started and the 31-day devotional.
So let’s stop complicating our prayer life and breaking our “I’ll pray for you” promises. Let’s make prayer simple and effective and powerful.
I’d love for you to leave a comment below and share with us what your biggest challenge is when it comes to simplifying your prayer life. Always remember, in prayer and in every area of your life: Keep it simple, my friends!