Last time I showed you guys my Quiet-Time/Prayer Binder. Here’s a peek at the inside:
I’ve never really had a good example of what quiet time looks like, aside from being directed to have them during church retreats and hearing about the “quiet times” of my bible study friends. To be honest, I had no idea what that even meant. So, in 2011 I did a lot of “research” and just threw myself in. The reason I chose to make a Prayer Binder was I knew if something didn’t work, I could take it out and replace it.
Step One: Create Dividers
I created five dividers.
The first divider is “Reflection.” Right now I’ve been following my great-grandma’s advice and reading one Proverb a day. I write down how I’m feeling and any prayers first, then read the passage once, read through it a second time with pens I bought specifically for my bible. Next, I write down any verses that speak to me. Finally, I write out a prayer to the Lord and sign my name, as if I were writing a letter. This makes my relationship with Jesus feel a lot more personal and it’s easier to “have a conversation” when I feel like I’m not just talking to myself.
Step Two: Organize each section
In the Prayer section I left papers in the front to write scriptures about prayer. I then went ghetto fabulous and cut up an index card. I wrote intentional prayer categories onto it and taped it with packing tape to the top of the appropriate papers so that they wouldn’t conflict with the “professional” dividers.
I don’t want to show you the prayers I have written for people to protect their confidences, so here is a blank page. I drew three columns. The left side has the date, the middle is the prayer, and the right hand side is the praise report when it’s answered. Also, I obviously hadn’t stumbled upon any scriptures on prayer during my quiet time when I took this picture. If you know any, I’d love to hear your favorites.
The divider for One Thousand Gifts is my second attempt at gratitude as taught, spoken and poetically inspired by Ann Voskamp. I cannot form prose that evoke tears like she does, but I’m making my way through.
And finally, I have the Good Morning Girls divider. I did a group in 2010 and we all sort of fizzled out. In 2011, I was in another group with two girls who I love dearly. It was an incredible season of accountability and growth in the Lord. We became super close during that itme. It was an INCREDIBLE blessing and we found that the scriptures that speak to one of us, apply to all of us as unmarried young women in a professional career.
Their printouts and the SOAP method were already really enlightening by the second day!
Step Three: Personalize
At the end of the binder I put all the loose leaf paper that I didn’t put in each section. Then I put a clear sheet protector that had a print out of family photographs my grandma made after my grandpa passed away. If you’d like, you could use anything, like insertable photo pages.
I put these in here to remember what a Prayer Binder is all about. It’s about honoring God and being a light to those around me. It’s about focusing on the needs of others and being intentional in my prayers for them. Having the photos of important people in my life there every morning really inspired me.
Things You Will Need to Create Your Own Prayer Binder
1. 1″ Binder
2. 1 Pack of Loose Leaf Paper
3. 1 Set of 5 Binder Dividers
4. 1 index card (or other less ghetto labels, like these)
5. 1 Clear Sheet Protector
6. Pens for your bible (any would work, but I’ve used these for years and they don’t bleed through).
7. Your Favorite pen(s) to write in your binder so that you don’t use up all the ink in your bible pens.
I would love to see how you manage your devotional time! Please leave a comment about your method in the comments, or if you’ve used these tips to creat your own quiet time prayer binder!
This is an update to one of my most popular posts from Three Years Down. I wanted to make sure it didn’t get lost in the move to WMSB. Good Morning Girls is still a fabulous devotional program, although I’m pretty sure they’ve moved on from 1 John :).