Some have wondered why I chose certain days to suggest to pray for certain areas and why I find it so important to think about it and change it. First, these are not rules on when and how to pray. They are not up for debate. People who have much better prayer lives than I have their techniques and they do very well with the way they pray. I will say this about prayer. Take time to pray. Don’t compare yourself with someone who tells you they pray three hours a day. It is an individual thing between you and God and if you do not have a set time to pray and you find yourself praying as you drive into work or right before begin your work day or class, good for you. Pray when you can, how you can and ask God to show you ways to grow your prayer life.
Monday is for work and school. Most of us either have a job or are going to school. At the beginning of each week, give your work schedule or your studies to God.
Tuesday is for Neighborhood, Community, Government. This is not a time to complain to God about the neighbor’s dog or the president. It is a time that we can pray that God will touch the hearts of our elected leaders and turn them to a relationship with Christ. We can also pray for opportunities to build a relationship with our neighbors.
Wednesday is a day we can pray for our local church leaders. If something between Sundays is going to happen in a church’s life, it will probably be on a Wednesday. Some staffs don’t see each other except Sunday and Wednesday. Take time to pray for your church leaders for protection, health and that they follow God in how they lead.
Thursday is for individual missions. Pray for missionaries your church supports. Pray for those who are involved in local organizations and, most importantly, pray that God has given you a personal outreach, someone to disciple. Ask God, WHO IS MY MISSION?
Friday is for family. Pray for each member of your family, in your house or in other cities. This may be the only day you see your family for the week. At any rate, pray that God shows them the distraction they need to remove in order to take the next step towards Jesus.
Saturday is a day you can pray for your church gathering on Sunday. Pray that everyone makes it that one hour of the week that the one who is hurting can see that God really cares, the one who is searching can find direction, the one who is lost, can be found.
That’s why I chose each day. If not this format, what does prayer look like to you?