Why and How Can I Use a Prayer List?

Why and How Can I Use a Prayer List?

by Tanya of Gods Character


When I was teaching I met this wonderful, strong Christian lady who would tell me “I added you and your husband to my prayer list” or “Mrs._____, I prayed for you this morning at prayer meeting.”

I must admit, when she first told me about being on her prayer list, I thought it was “legalistic”. I had grown up visiting churches (even though I attended a different church) where they read the same prayers over and over again based on the event that was taking place and I thought that this was just a rote prayer, which meant nothing. So when this sweet old woman told me about her prayer list I found myself thinking it was something similar.

Oh how wrong I was! 

After I left teaching and came home to raise my children and take care of my family, I realized that there were sooooooo many things I wanted to pray about and so many people that I wanted to pray for. But, I would forget so much things and so many people. Sure I would remember to pray when things were not so good, like a sick person, someone who lost a loved one….you know the ones that just jump right up in your face.

But the others…the thank yous and the praying for people who have stopped coming to church or people who seem to be having a bit of difficulty in their jobs or families, or the friend who everything seems to be going great for but they asked you to prayer for them for some unknown reason because they are not able to say at this particular moment…those I would forget.

Then it hit me- I need a way to remember all of these people and things to pray about.

I need a prayer list!

Not because I am legalistic, but because I forget.

And so from today I have committed to starting my prayer list.

A Printable Prayer List


I need a prayer list because I forget.

I need a way to remember all of these people and things to pray about. So A Prayer List.

 Tanya – from God’s Character

Tanya is a child of God, wife, stay at home mom and homeschooler. She loves the Lord and loves telling people about who He is. By God’s grace her husband and she intend to live out Joshua’s statement “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And so her greatest desire is to see her Lord face to face and along with her family, join in the joyous strains of triumphant voices praising our Lord and King. Check out her blog at God’s Character.



  1. Susan, I am starting to see the importance of lists and planners now! So much time is saved and you don’t forget as much. Right now I am currently working on a homemaking binder and a homeschooling planner.

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