You know how some things just stay with you no matter how hard you try to shake them off? For me, that’s a single prayer that I read back in August. Honestly, I have no idea what the prayer said, but it’s very existence rocked me to my core.
I read this prayer in Kill the Spider. Yes, that’s Carlos Whittaker’s book. Yes, I’ll eventually stop talking about it but I currently can’t because it’s revolutionizing so many things in my life. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I highly recommend you get this book and read it. Okay, back to the prayer….
This prayer was insane. It’s about 10 pages long which isn’t even the craziest part to me. The Whittaker’s have intentionally crafted this prayer so specifically that it amazes me. What really got to me though is that they pray it every day. Every single day. The amount of intentionality behind the idea of praying a single, focused prayer every day made me start thinking about the intentionality of prayer in a way that I never had before.
Anyone else struggle with prayer? I definitely do. It’s easy to pray a quick prayer in desperate times like when I’m hoping that my dog hasn’t relieved herself in the house while I’m out. When it’s something serious, it’s easy to talk to God. When everything is “good” or when I’m not feeling anxious or stressed out about something, I lack any words to really say to God.
Since I’m not really sure what to talk about with God on those days, I tend to not take prayer as seriously as I should. It’s not that I don’t want to, I just don’t always know where to begin. Mulling over the intentionality of the Whittaker’s prayer, I started to think about what my life would look like if I did that. If I prayed to God the same exact thing every day, what would I say? On January 31, 2018, what would my life look like if I fully and intentionally gave Him my hopes and dreams for this year?
Will you join me this year in praying intentionally?
I created this Prayer Worksheet as I began processing through and writing my own prayer. I hope you find this Prayer Worksheet to be helpful as you begin to pray over your year.