I’m not an advocate of “change” for the sake of “change”, but I believe there are times we need to shake things up a bit because we so easily become creatures of habit.  Therefore, I’m making a major change that will impact my spiritual health in 2015.

I have used a prayer journal for years and typically pray for a variety of things through the week.  I have daily prayer needs that I consider for my family and my church.  I have short-term and long-term prayer needs from people who have requested that I pray with them about something.  I also have a set pattern of prayer for each day of the week.  On Sunday, I pray for Grace Fellowship Paradise & Alliance.  Monday I pray for specific Missions and Missionaries around the world.  Tuesday I pray for people who don’t have a relationship with Christ.  Wednesday I pray for workers in the Kingdom of God who have impacted my life; this includes pastors and other leaders.  Thursday I pray for our nation and government leaders.  Friday I pray for my extended family.  Saturday I pray for myself.   I also pray for staff and families as well as leaders in our church on different days of the week.  This has worked well for me, but I think it’s time to shake up my prayer life a bit because I find myself going through the motions at times.

Therefore, I’m going to begin using Prayer Cards based on the example I’ve found in one of the great books I’ve read in the past couple of years:  A PRAYING LIFE by Paul Miller (highly recommended).  I will continue to pray for the things listed above, but they will be prayed for in a more random way which I believe we’ll encourage me to be more specific and focused as I pray.   If it doesn’t work like I think it will, I can always change this routine and go back to my prayer journal!  Regardless, I want my prayer life to improve greatly in 2015.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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