“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayers studies, prayers work and prayers religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” Samuel Chadwick
I need to have a plan of attack against the enemy, after all, he has a plan against me! That’s when my Vision Board was morphed into a Prayer Board.
After leisurely reading my Bible on the couch with my mug of coffee, I head off to a secluded corner of the where I’ve have pinned my Prayer Board on the wall. Here is where I intentionally take on the enemy for the hearts and souls of my family and friends. Here is where I am serious about fighting the unseen wars of the Kingdom.
My prayer board used to be called my Vision Board. For the past few years, I have set aside a day in January where I would sketch out my goals for the year. It was at this cluttered board of goals that I found myself drawn in prayer. The goals and dreams that were written out, were as much prayer points as they were goals. This year after watching the movie “War Room” I decided to call my board by it true purpose, my prayer board.
Building a Prayer Board
Gather up all the felt tip markers and colored papers you can find. You’ll also need a pair of scissors, glue stick, and one large poster board.
In the Center draw a circle and write your name. Under your name, you’ll want to write something that reminds you of who you are in Christ. This year I wrote out the meaning of my name. My name Cynthia means a reflection of the moon, I decided to put a godly twist to it: “Cynthia, reflector of Light in the Darkness” Every day it reminds me of who I am in Christ and the difference that my life can make. Maybe you have a special scripture or a prophetic word that had been spoken over you. Whatever reminds you of who you are in Christ, write it under your name.
Next, divide your Prayer board up into major divisions. Draw four long arrows pointing out from the center circle. These arrows visually remind you that your prayers have influence beyond yourself. The four sections may change from year to year, depending on what is happening in your life. This year I have a section for Family, Community, Ministry, and Development. The area of Development has to do with personal goals.
After you have your major divisions begin pasting in pockets to hold personally written prayers and scriptures that you would like to pray over the need. I love praying scripture, it builds my faith, reminding me that God is working behind the scenes on my behalf.
Put pictures that build your faith as to how God is moving in your loved one’s lives.
I will use pictures to spur me on to pray for a need. A photo of the Great Wall may prompt me that the barriers to the gospel would crumble in the name of Jesus. A picture of my son-in-law and daughter will remind me to pray that their territory continues to expand (2 Chronicles 4:9-10). A picture of our granddaughters on baptism day reminds me to pray for their spiritual growth.
In each section, I have attached binder clips. This gives me the flexibility to have temporary prayers mounted throughout the year.
Prayers from the past
Paste old prayers or Words from the Lord that are from the past onto the wall. I wrote out a prayer back in 2011, that is still current. Original writing on the original paper with prompt your memory of when the Holy Spirit first spoke the words to you.
My Prayer Board does have a dual purpose of also being my Vision Board, but like I said earlier most of my goals are prayer points anyhow. I keep my goals very visible, usually writing them out in felt-tip pen in the appropriate division. As I am praying for my aging Parents, I may feel impressed to be intentional about honoring them.
Next to my Mom’s name I noted “be intentional about affirming Mom” Near my children’s name I scribbled down “Pass down faith stories to children.”
Take your time
Your Prayer Board won’t come together all in one day. Leave some extra space on the board to jot down prayer needs, verses and thoughts as they come to you in the coming months.
May we rise up and be women of prayer, women that makes the evil one shudder.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Ephesians 6:18