I told you that this year my plan is to be more *intentional.*  Here are a few things that come to mind:

I want to be intentional about spending quality time with my family.

I want to be intentional about how I spend my money.

I want to be intentional about who I spend time with and where.

I want to be intentional about where I volunteer my time & resources.

I want to be intentional about how I spend my own, very limited personal time.

Today as I was perusing through the online news, I was reminded of a Christmas day tragedy.  A fire broke out in a Stamford woman’s home, killing all three of her children and her own parents. Today she buried her children. My heart was broken for her.  This  reminded me that I also need to be intentional about prayer.

As we sat at dinner tonight, we prayed for her. We don’t even know her, but that’s all we could do.

We have a practice of saying grace at dinner time. It got to the point where
we were so busy with our days that we forgot that there’s so much to thank God for, but also so much to pray about. Stella will often volunteer to say grace, in a cute little sing-song voice (she’s 3)…  and it goes a little something like this:

Thank for the niiiiiice day, and thank you we have a niiiiice Christmas, and thank you for this niiiiice dinner. And, Amen.

It got me thinking, “man, we really have some work to do.”

Going to church, being around people we love, and even seeing status’ on facebook, I’m reminded of people who need prayer (myself included). Friends whose husbands are sick, marriages that on the rocks, parents who need patience, people who have lost loved ones, and the list goes on. There have even been people I’ve promised to pray for, but then I forgot! … selfishly getting trapped in my own world.

So a few weeks ago, I decided to be more intentional about prayer.

I created a prayer jar and it stands on our kitchen counter. Each time I’m reminded of someone who needs prayer, I write it down and stick it in the prayer jar. When we gather to eat, one of us chooses a prayer from the container. And we pray.

So, if you know of anyone (yourself or someone you know) who needs prayer,  please contribute to our prayer jar. It doesn’t even have to be specific, just a name will do. We’d be happy to pray.  You can comment on this post (I will not publish them, they will remain anonymous) or you can email me: jana[at]earlmacdonald[dot]com. You never know, we might already be praying for you :)


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