For the last couple months I've been trying to think of a way to help myself faithfully pray for all the things that I want to take to the Lord. It seems that if I don't have a plan, it doesn't happen. I've asked several older women how they have prayed for their families over the years, and got some wonderful advise. Here's what I came up with that seems to work for me: I am taking a certain day once a month to journal/write down all the things that are on my heart to pray for in an ACTS format (starting with Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and lastly Supplication/requests). I write it out as a prayer to the Lord, and then am able to look back at it over the month and pray for these things. Then the next month I mark down the things that were answered, and then write out the new month's prayer. I like being able to look back and see how God is working over time in our lives, and see how He has answered prayer (not always the way I imagined, either :). It's helpful to verbalize to God what I need to work on personally, how I can be praying for my husband, what things I need to focus on in training Maddie, and other random things that are happening in our life. I traced Maddie's little hand right over the page so that it becomes a keepsake as I look back over God's faithfulness in the years to come. All the pages are going inside a three ringed binder for safe keeping.
Besides the changes from month to month to pray through in life, there are so many Scripture verses I want to pray for Madison as she grows up. Here are some themes and verses to continually pray for your children.
I hope this encourages you to be a prayer warrior. It is a comfort to know that God hears the prayers of the righteous (Prov. 15:29)!