If we are diligent in keeping track of our prayer petitions, and hopefully we will take such care to, it may very well become overwhelming. That was the case for me when I became more dedicated in keeping up with prayer requests. Then, I came across this scripture and saw it in a more helpful light than its face-value message of persistence in prayer:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”. Psalm 7:7
Here is what I do – After making a list of prayer requests, I often write one of three letters beside each one. I may write an “A” for Ask, an “S” for Seek, or “K” for Knock.
I write an “A” for those prayer needs that are the most heart-wrenching and out of my control. When there is nothing else to be done, I simply pray that God will intervene, in which case, I can only Ask. When I say “only Ask”, I still fast at times, pray God’s Word and ask others to intercede for me.
I write an “S” beside the requests where I am in need of guidance over a matter. Maybe I have hit a snag in parenting. Perhaps I am in a dilemma over rather or not to change jobs. It is such needs as these that are typically time sensitive. As such, I commit my time in God’s Word, looking to my husband for guidance and at times seeking counsel with Godly mentors.
I write a “K” beside my petitions that require some action on my part. I cannot pray for someone to receive salvation if I am not willing to share Jesus with them. What good does it do to pray that my friends reconcile if I am not willing to be a peacemaker, and give aid to their reconciliation.
Even though my words and entries in my prayer journal are “to be few”, that does not mean that my actions are to be also. It is through this method that I have become much more engaged in my prayer life. I hope it will do the same for you!
Please see my PowerPoint of a more detailed presentation of this A,S or K? Method.