The Daily Prayer List

"Challenge people to make a list of the things they want to be sure to include in their prayers each day, and keep where it is available to them. I like to carry a list in my pocket, and then when I have to sit in some office or stand in a line waiting, I can pull out my slip and pray, redeeming the time and seeking to touch others with my love and prayer."

These words, written to me by Wesley Duewel, give scriptural admonition.
Although we can't develop a prayer life mechanically, all who leave prayer to the impulse of the moment neglect the power of systematic intercession. Not just once, but four times, Paul said he made mention of others in prayer. "...without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers" (Romans 1:9).

Praying down a daily prayer list has merit. Even when I can't spend extended time praying for everyone on my list, "making mention" need not be just a meaningless recitation.

Why do we pray for those on our prayer lists? Is it simply to fulfill a duty? Probably some days that may be the main motivation. But the Spirit will help us pray for others out of love. Jesus so wants to bless, to give grace, to send light and truth to those in darkness, to encourage the discouraged.

Perhaps we are never more precious to Jesus than when we are bearing a prayer burden for those He wants to help.

We give pleasure and joy to Jesus when we give Him access to hearts by bringing others' burdens to Him. 

Thank You, Jesus, for making a way for me to give You access to the hearts of those I care about.

"We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers" (1 Thessalonians 1:2).