In the wake of preaching on prayer a few weeks ago, the Lord is continuing to challenge me in my deep need for Him expressed through a praying life. Based on my personality, I often find that I flourish by establishing new systems by which I can form new patterns. In this post I will share how I have begun adapting the free program and smart-phone application Evernote to manage my prayer life. This system is adapted from Paul Miller's system of using prayer cards in A Praying Life.
Why is Evernote great for managing prayer requests?
- You can always access your requests from any computer or smart phone at any time by either downloading the application or accessing the web-based version
- The application on your phone is easy to manage, making it easy to pray on the go
- You can easily sort and organize requests within the program
- It can be password protected
- It's free… as long as you don't use a lot of data space by uploading pictures
Using "Notebooks" to Categorize Prayer
In Evernote, you use notebooks like drawers in a filing cabinet. In my system I have broad categories followed by narrower categories for each notebook (i.e. PRAYER: Family, PRAYER: Nations). See the pictures below for some of the categories I am using.
(An image from the notebooks section on my computer application)
Using "Notes" for Each Specific Prayer Request
There are multiple advantages of using an individual person and/or request for every note.
- It's easy to sort (i.e. if you put last name followed by first, you can quickly sort your way to the note you are looking for)
- It's easy to update. You can easily delete and/or update individual prayer requests without having to open and edit a long text list.
- It's easy to pray on the go. If you are praying from a smart phone, you can open the notebook and quickly pray for requests without ever having to open up a note.
(An image from the notes section on my computer application)
- On each note, I add the name or focus of prayer, followed by an overall prayer for that person.
- Within the note I add a scripture associated with that prayer. This helps me to pray scripture over the person, both helping me to stay centered on the Gospel and even use my prayer time as an opportunity to meditate on the Word.
- Below the scripture are additional, more detailed prayer requests.
(The content in one of my specific prayer request notes)
(A couple of images of the app within my iPhone)