Create Prayer Triggers in Your Life

I wasn’t really thinking about prayer triggers recently when I was preoccupied with what I could get rid of to declutter my house. I realized that two precious treasures that I have no intention of parting with ought to be designated as prompts (or triggers) to remind me to pray for my sons.

If you aren’t familiar with prayer triggers, let me fill you in a little. There’s nothing complicated about it. A prayer trigger can be any physical item, a song, a place, a routine event—whatever– that you have determined will remind you of a particular person or issue for which you wish to pray, and prompts you to pray for them right at that moment.

So, what are the treasures that I realized should be prayer triggers for me?

One is a salt-clay kachina that son Tim gave me as a gift sometime in elementary school. I remember that he was disappointed when I hung it in my sewing room instead of the living room (a mom-fail in favoring décor over my son’s heart), but I told him, truthfully,  that since the sewing room was where I spent a great deal of time in that season of my life, I would really enjoy having it there. The room has morphed to more of a catch-all storage area over the years, but the kachina is still there and I have no intention of parting with it.

Another is a paper cat that David made in elementary school art class, its body, head, and tail in three separate parts tied together with string. I assume that the facial features are copied from a model provided for them, but his success in executing them and his choice of colors and design resulted in a completely charming piece of work. It has been hanging for years now on the knob of the folding door of the pantry, and while it is faded and the paper somewhat curled at the edges, it still charms me.

I hadn’t thought before of making those items prayer triggers, but in just the last few days, they have become so, and I hope that it will mean that I pray more often for my sons than I had been.

Follow this link to find another article on prayer triggers that I think you’ll find helpful.

Prayer Triggers | The High Calling | Theology of Work

 

Create Prayer Triggers in Your Life

This little item I hold in my hands

Calls me to pray

This chore that I do every day

Calls me to pray

I praise you, Lord, for the privilege

Of bringing dear ones to your feet

And your grace in nudging my heart

To that sweet task.

–Rhonda Brown

If you would like to watch the podcast about this subject with John & Rhonda.

*My early poem is available in the archives of the Utmost Christian Writers poetry contest.

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