5 Simple Prayer Ideas

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“Prayer is more powerful than habits, heredity, and natural tendencies. It can overcome all these. It is more powerful than the forces that hold the planets in place. Prayer, though it comes from the heart of an unlearned child of God, can suspend the laws of the universe, if such be God’s will, just as the sun stood still when Joshua prayed. There is no other power on earth that the enemy of souls hates and fears as he does prayer. We are told that ‘Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.’”
[Matilda Andross “The Life That Wins”]

Today I am sharing with you “5 Prayer Prompts” that keep me on my toes in prayer.  They are simple, easy, and effective, but help keep me intentional when I’m busy.

Pick a few this week and give them a try.

Prayer-Stops– Each week choose a person you are going to pray for every time you come to a stop light.  Get your kids to participate if they are in the car with you.  It is a great way to model prayer habits in front of them, and let them know we can pray anywhere and anytime.

On-the-Road Prayers-  In this day and age, people spend an enormous amount of time in their cars. Cars are loaded with all kinds of entertainment:  satellite radio, DVD players, ipod docks, etc.  To take prayer on the road with you, I challenge you to turn it all off for a portion of your drive and pour your heart out to God in prayer.

Hand-Washing Prayer – Each time you wash your hands throughout the day, call in prayer the names of the lost loved ones, friends, or anyone you know of that needs salvation.  Ask God to make himself known to them as never before, and bring cleansing to their heart and soul through the blood of his Son Jesus.

Washing hands

Write & Mail a Prayer- Think of someone that is in great need of prayer and encouragement.  Send them a card of encouragement and close in a handwritten prayer that is in your own words.  When my Mom was sick, she would read her cards over and over.  This is something so simple, yet very powerful in the life of the one who receives it.

Phone-Alarm Prayers- For those prayer promises you made to someone that you would pray for them, or those pressing needs that require serious intentional prayer.  Don’t just talk about it or worry about it…PRAY!  Set your alarm to remind you, and no matter where you are when the beep sounds, breathe a prayer.

phone prayer

I hope you enjoyed these simple creative prayer prompts and will implement a few of them on your faith journey!


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  1. These are good ideas… if we don’t deliberately build these habits, they will continue to be sporadic. Thank you for the ideas. 🙂

  2. Hi Cathy! Returning the favor after you commented on my blog a few days ago – great prayer prompts here. Thanks for writing and encouraging so many in their faith.

  3. What great reminders of places and times to pray. I have done a few of them, but I love the stop light prayers.

    • Hi Rebeakh, so glad you like the post. I come up with all kinds of different ways to pray for people to help keep me intentional, but one of my favorites is the stop light prayers too!

  4. I love all these ideas to remind me to pray.They are wonderful!!

  5. Great ideas! I love these! I’ve do a lot of praying the car as I drive around but love the idea of being prompted by red lights.

  6. I love these ideas. Another that I do is when someone asks for prayer in an email or even on FB, I stop and pray right then before I forget. I either then comment done, or sometimes I type the prayer out if I think it will be an encouragement.

    • Cathy, I pray immediately on FB, but I love that you sometimes type out the prayer. That is wonderful and soooo much more personal. I am so happy the ideas are useful. I a behind on my 31 Days of Writing “Growing With God” series but I hope to post again in the morning. Blessings! Cathy P.

  7. Good ideas Cathy! We do spend plenty of time in the car, and I find that drive time is when I fight negative thoughts. No better way to defeat them than with prayer. I also like the hand-washing idea. Great time to repent and allow the Lord to wash them down the drain. Thanks for linking up at CMB!


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