How to Organize a Prayer Binder in Three Steps

How-To, Jesus, Prayer, Quiet Time

How to Organize A Prayer Binder in 3 Easy Steps

Last time I showed you guys my Quiet-Time/Prayer Binder. Here’s a peek at the inside:
Prayer Binder
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.
Prayer Binder

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.
Prayer Binder

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.
Prayer Binder

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.
Prayer Binder

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.
Quiet Time Binder

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 :).

You may also enjoy this post:

Free Prayer List Printables for Your Quiet Time Binder

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    clajgray
    March 8, 2013 at 11:38 am

    That is awesome! Honestly, I was never “taught” how to do a quiet time either…but I found that my binder, much like yours is extremely helpful! The one section you have for 1000 gifts is intriguing to me because I started both the book and the list and fizzled out on both…
    Thanks for sharing –

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      Brittany
      March 8, 2013 at 11:43 am

      I basically devoured the book, but have not been very great at making my list. Having it in a binder I looked at each morning helped a lot.

      AND it helped my attitude. I noticed a huge shift in my contentment in life when I was really noticing all of the blessings.

      Thanks for stopping by :);

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        Deanna
        March 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm

        I do my list of 1000 gifts in Evernote, when I remember. I like Evernote because I can add it from my cell phone all day long as I think of things. My lists are not as detailed or as long as Ann’s however I have noticed it frees joy in me to list the gifts.

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          Brittany
          March 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm

          Wow that’s a fabulous idea!! I really need to check out Evernote. I keep hearing about really cool uses for it.

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    Heather @ From Here to There
    March 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I LOVE this!! Thank you for sharing! I actually won a May Books giveaway and I decided to get a prayer journal. I’ve had a a lot of prayer requests heavy on my heart lately and I can’t keep them all in my head so I knew I needed it and when I won that giveaway it was like it all came together lol.

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    karrie smith
    March 9, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I love this. I’ve always been a Christian, but didn’t grow up going to church, although at times I joined my friends at their church. This is hard to say to a stranger, but I’ve had some problems with prescription medications in the past, but have been clean for over 2.5 years. I bought the Life Recovery Bible, and started reading at Genesis, and have made it to Samuel. I actually saw Joyce Meyers on TV during my summer of insomnia, and realized how unhappy I was, and that I was spiritually empty. I try to wake up every day and thank God that I’m alive and clean before I even get out of bed. I try to go to Him before I call someone else when I’m upset. It’s hard for me to know what I’m supposed to be doing. I will definitely make a binder for my future relationship with the Lord. I’m not sure what I’ll start reading after the Bible, but I’m sure He will lead me to the next best thing. I don’t like marking up books (I’m SO OCD with keeping this bible nice), so I like the idea that I can write down my thoughts and be able to go back to them. Thank you so much for sharing this. If you have any suggestions for me, feel free to tell me. I’m a super openminded person. I don’t have a religion, and I’m not even sure what Church would be the right choice for me. Thank you so much for sharing :)

    Karrie

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      Brittany
      March 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Karrie,

      Thank you so much for sharing this with me. The best part about the family of Christ is that we can come to each other with our hurts and our sins and be loved and not cast out. I am so proud of you being clean and sober for 2.5 years!

      Isn’t Joyce Meyers amazing? Her words really helped me through a period of anxiety and depression.

      I read your comment a couple days ago and wanted to really think about it before I responded. I’ve been feeling called to share with you the church I attended while I lived in Las Vegas. It is nondenominational. They post all of their sermons online. They’re short (30 minutes or so) and the pastor is a recovering addict who found Jesus at his lowest point. Their catch-phrase is “It’s OK to not be OK.” That spoke to my perfectionist-anxious-heart like you wouldn’t believe. You can find the current sermon series here: http://www.centralonline.tv/media/weekend-messages/pursued. Pastor Jud has written several books, too. But the sermons are what I’m really feeling compelled to share.

      You can check out the sermons here: http://www.centralonline.tv/. I’ll be praying for you about a church choice. Thank you so much for stopping by.
      (You should recieve this via email, but I’ll send it directly to your email too, just in case.)
      xoxo,
      Brittany

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    Deanna
    March 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I do a scripture journal and a prayer journal. My prayer journal is simply my prayers for myself and others. My scripture journal you can find on my blog. http://bit.ly/WCoPOf

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      Brittany
      March 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing, Deanna! :)

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    itbritt
    March 20, 2013 at 10:44 am

    This is really neat. I need to figure out a way to organize my quiet times too. If I don’t have a particular goal in mind, I get lazy and won’t do it. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Reply
      Brittany
      March 20, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Yup, that’s part of my problem too! I have to have something guiding me or I’ll eventually lose focus.

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    Amanda {A Royal Daughter}
    March 28, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Wow girl, you are SO organized!! I just have one little journal for my Bible study + prayer time. It works for me, but I LOVE your binder!

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    allie
    May 13, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Thank you so much for this insight, as a new Christian i’ve been wanting to do this but just didn’t know how. Thank you :)

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    This is a great idea! I will print a copy. Thanks for sharing :)

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    Neely
    January 3, 2016 at 8:32 am

    This is so great Brittany!

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      Brittany
      January 3, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Thanks, chica!

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    Mayara
    January 3, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Thank you for this post! I’ve just started my journey towards a closer relationship with God and this is awesome. Will give it a try!
    xoxo
    May from http://www.mayliving.com

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      Brittany
      January 3, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Oh I’m so glad to hear that! Did you see the prayer list printables at the end of the post?? I hope this helps bring you closer to the Lord. God bless!

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    Tayrina @ His Purpose In Me
    January 3, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Love this!!!! – I have so many papers that I need to build a prayer binder. I find it so easy, yet I don’t feel motivated to do it! This post encourages me to do it! Thanks for sharing!

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      Brittany
      January 3, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      It will be so worth it! I know it’s hard to get motivated for something like this, but your morning quiet time will go so much more smoothly having a cohesive system :).

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    nancy burgess
    April 13, 2016 at 11:26 am

    This is great. Now i know where and how to start.Thanks for sharing this is so helpful.

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    Ryan
    April 24, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Wow this a great way to organize a prayer binder! This is very neat and I love being organize, so this is really helpful! Thanks for sharing!

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      Brittany
      April 25, 2017 at 7:19 am

      I’m glad it helped, Ryan!!

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