Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
This time last year I was intending to settling into the habit of using a personal prayer guide I'd constructed out of selections from Scripture, the Book of Common Prayer, other sources, and my own head. I wrote about it here. The basic format is a selection of prayers for each day based on the acronym ARTIST:
Adoration (praising God for who He is)
Repentance (confessing my sin and receiving His forgiveness)
Thanksgiving (acknowledging what God has done)
Intercession (requests for others)
Supplication (requests for myself)
Trust (confidently committing my prayers to God)
Some sections are different each day, and others I've repeated. It just didn't work out for me to use the guide in 2009 because my mental approach to it made it too cumbersome, but I think I can turn down the cerebral noise enough to give it another whack in 2010.
In case the resource might be of use to anyone else, I've created a version that you can download and personalize for your own use. My copy's prettier, but you probably don't have my font selection, so you'll have to settle for Times New Roman. Or switch to another font of your liking if you're pretty confident with formatting in Word (there's tricky stuff like column breaks and character spacing tweakage you'll need to look out for). I left a blank bulleted list in the Intercession section of each day for you to fill in the names of family members, friends, church members, missionaries, ministries, etc. And you'll probably want to adjust the Supplication section to your own needs, as it's is pretty personalized to mine. I just wanted to give mine as an example.
Feedback would be welcome from anyone who uses or just peruses the prayer guide. I'm sure it's not perfect, and I'm sure I'll continue to work on improving it.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 1:35 AM
On January 3, 2010 12:02 AMEmilywrote... Printed it out! I've been reading Spurgeon's Morning and Evening this year (for the first time ever), and today's reading was about prayer. What a nice surprise to see your prayer guide tonight! Thanks for such a nice resource! Happy New Year! :o)
On January 5, 2010 5:13 PMTraceywrote... Thank you. This is just the kind of thing I would love and need to use, though I would never have thought of it or been able to compile it!