DIY PRAYER BOARD: Pass it on
At this point in history, on our timeline, one way God shows proof of His existence is through each believer. I have witnessed God beat great odds and do the impossible in my life on multiple occasions. I must pass my testimony on which is a reason I write this blog.
I long for the return of Jesus when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord; but until then, some of the prayers of my heart are: “Allow Your word to become accessible to all people in our generation. Let me be found faithful. Empower my offspring to be found faithfully loving God and loving others. Come, Lord Jesus, come.” The wickedness I hear and read of in the news causes me to frequently ask for the return of Jesus.
I want to make God known for who He is to people in my circle of influence but most importantly I must make Him known to my children by teaching them how to have a daily relationship with Him. I can joyfully say that all of my children have asked Jesus into their hearts and proclaim Christ yet there is more for me to do. My calling as a mom is to pass my spiritual heritage on to my children.This includes sharing the stories of God’s deliverance, protection, provision and healing in our lives through prayer and fasting. I consider this heritage rich beyond words because there is no measure for sufficiently telling about God’s great works nor is there any way to adequately describe Jesus to them. Any attempt always falls short because there is no perfect way, on this side of heaven, to convey in words the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
If my children are going to be found faithful with the life God has given them, and found fulfilling their God-given purpose they must be comfortable praying to God, their Father. This cannot be left up to chance so I have provided ways of helping them with their prayer life and below is one of the tools we use daily.
Adoration, Confession Thanksgiving, Supplication
What is your heart and will in this matter, Lord? _______________ I petition this in the name of Jesus.
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25
“I believed; therefore, I have spoken.” 2 Corinthians 4:13
Box of blank paper on which to write prayer needs.
There is relief, sometimes unexplainable, that only comes through prayer. So we pray for those we know and love and for those who ask us to pray for them.
My kids enjoy reading through the envelope of answered prayers. Colson was just doing so and noticed that most of the prayers were answered in the way for which we had prayed. He also took note of the prayers that were not answered with the healings for which we had prayed. These were almost exclusively traumatic brain injuries. Three of those were answered with complete healings in heaven. One did not have the complete healing A.J. received after his severe traumatic brain injury and another waits, after more than two months, to again be able to speak or move his body.
I do not understand God’s sovereignty regarding these T.B.I. prayer requests especially since I know there are no coincidences with God. He has for some reason brought to our attention the need to pray for several T.B.I. patients in the last year and a half.
We are thankful for the opportunity to storm the gates of heaven on behalf of others.
How I made my Prayer Board:
The decor in my house is inspired by nature and complimented with rustic and primitive style furniture in the colors of perpetual autumn. My goal was to make the Prayer Board blend with the autumn colors.
- I sanded, wiped clean and painted the frame the same pumpkin color as my wall.
- After the frame dried I rubbed an old candle on the edges and in groves followed by two coats of flat black paint, allowing dry time between each application.
- After drying, I used my Pampered Chef scraper to scrape off the candle wax revealing distressed pumpkin, then lightly sanded and wiped clean.
- I sealed it with two coats of matte polyurethane.
- I covered the original mat-board with coordinating fabric and measured where to place the twine in each direction (ribbon could be used).
- I wrapped the twine all the way around the board and tied it in knots which are part of the overall presentation.
- I used a hot glue gun on the back to help keep the twine in place then I stapled the twine along the edges for long lasting hold.
- I cut an allergy medicine box to size then covered it with scrapbooking paper.
- I folded and tore (or use scrapbooking scissors) brown paper grocery sacks into note size papers and placed them in the box for quick use when someone needs to add a prayer need to the board.
The Prayer Board hangs next to our table so every time we eat we can glance at it and pray for people and situations that we would otherwise most likely forget. This helped my reluctant to pray child become ready to pray and full of confidence. We use the Prayer Board during our Bible study and prayer time in school also.
A chalk board, magnetic board, marker board or bulletin board could just as easily be used. My favorite part of writing the needs on paper is that when the prayer is answered we write the answer and the date on the piece of paper and place it in an envelope to keep for our future boasting in the Lord.
- Create an atmosphere of prayer in your home with an easily accessible type of Prayer Board.
- Date the prayer need when you place it on the board and date it when you know it is answered. It will be your turn to brag on God!