4c — Handmade Prayer Books and Boxes

Benefits of Writing Your Prayer Down —

At times, especially when your need seems very urgent, it’s hard to grasp that God has heard your prayer and will answer. You want to trust him and wait for his answer, but the trusting part is hard, because you just can’t stop thinking about it. So here’s a little tip:

When your mind starts to worry

And your soul is sort of stressed,

Put your prayer down on paper

And trust God to do the rest.

By writing your prayer down on paper, it feels like the request has been delivered. It reinforces the fact that you have given your concern to God and can go on with life. Your prayer has been sent and you can wait for your heavenly Father to answer at the right time. It is a picture of what it means to trust. Here are a few fun ways to do this!bitterjug_hand_writing

Make a Handmade Prayer Book

(Choose one of Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord’s free book making ideas at http://www.makingbooks.com/freeprojects.shtml or click on the Videos Tab on her side menu).

1) Write your request in words — a few words or complete sentences, or
2) Draw your request in pictures.

Lego Prayer Box

A Lego prayer box my husband made for me. The top is hinged at the back.

Make a Handmade Prayer Box

1) Decorate an empty Altoids box. Keep a small pen and paper in it for writing your prayer requests down. Pull each one out on a regular basis until God sends the answer.

2) Make a prayer box out of Lego. You might include names of people or places in the box and pray for one each day.

My Prayer

Dearest Father, Just because I’m not thinking about my prayer request every moment, doesn’t mean that you have forgotten. You never forget! Thank you that my written prayer can be a reminder that you are still on the job and will answer at just the right time. Thank you that you don’t mind if I talk to you about my request again. In fact you love it! Not because you need to be reminded — but because you love to know that I trust you — even when it means I have to wait. Thank you so much. Amen.