How to Use a Prayer Box & How To Make Your Own Prayer Box
Plus Sneak Peak of April’s Illustrated Faith!
A prayer box can be a wonderful addition to your home, meet-up or classroom. It’s a lovely way to introduce others to the power of prayer in a thoughtful and encouraging way.
Prayer boxes can open the door for others to ask for prayer without having to step outside their comfort zone; these boxes offer both privacy and access to prayer without being intrusive. They can also strengthen your personal relationship and conversation with God and can help you to serve and support others in your day to day life.
The bible tells us to Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and prayer boxes can serve as your reminder while being a tool to help you stay true to your word and deliver on those promised prayers.
Prayer boxes have been around for ages and are once again increasing in popularity. I’m all for anything that encourages someone along on their journey with Jesus. I think this is a wonderful addition to your War Room and Bible Study!
Here’s how you use a prayer box:
Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way to use a prayer box, but remember that God isn’t a genie granting wishes. The premise behind a prayer box is to seek out God, ask for His provision, pray for others and to strengthen your relationship with Him while meeting the needs of others.
In your home: I like to use my prayer box at home to write down and store my prayers as they come to mind or as I encounter others throughout the day that need prayer. Then I set aside a time where I can come to God without distraction. It serves as a reminder to pray and provides a means to keep track of my promises to pray. The last thing I want to ever do is tell someone I’m going to pray for them and then not make the time to do it.
I also keep my prayer box in a common room in plain view along with a paper, pen and simple framed instructions. I want anyone visiting to feel comfortable using it or dropping in a prayer and want it to draw people in. I keep it in a common space and easily accessible by everyone in our family so they can ask for prayer or make it a point to pray for others. It truly is a great addition to the home and makes a fun craft to get the kids involved.
In your group, meet-up or classroom: Prayer boxes can be tricky in places outside of worship, especially if they aren’t affiliated with religion or specifically cater to believers. First and foremost, if you are not the chairperson for the group, check with them before making any assumptions about introducing a prayer box. Remember, even if someone says “No” it’s not worth ruining a great relationship over. You’ll get far more traction with someone by how you treat them than you ever would a prayer box.
When you are ready to add a prayer box to the group, you’ll want to first let everyone know where it is and explain the purpose. You may want to consider having volunteers outside the group that will commit to praying. Assure your group that their requests will be kept confidential, but always invite them to talk to you personally if they’d prefer. Allow them the opportunity to ask questions. Your first mission should be to make the group feel comfortable with the idea without any pressure they need to participate. Always keep pen/paper nearby.
There are many other ways you can use a prayer box. You can make a travel or blessing box, use during your volunteer service, in your place of worship or even give one as a gift.
The most important part of using a prayer box is in your time spent in prayer. Set aside time every day for God. Talk with Him like you would a loved one or spouse, He wants to hear from you. Express gratitude, pray for those requests one by one, ask God to light your path and guide your steps and allow time to simply listen for Him.
There’s a lot of need in this world and people want prayer. Your prayer box is so much more than that; it’s bringing Hope just when people need it the most.
I love the idea of a prayer box so much, I decided to make my own. Here’s how I did it….
How To Make Your Own Prayer Box
- 1 Wooden Box with Lid
- 3-5 Sheets Patterned Paper
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush/Foam Brush
- Script Letter Stickers
- Embellishments—flower, lace, faith stickers
- First you will need to cut your paper into pieces sized to fit on the top of your box, on each of the sides, and the inside lid. I am not putting measurements of my paper pieces since they are cut to fit my box size and your box may be a different size.
- Spread a thin layer of mod podge on the wood box where you will be putting paper pieces. Press the paper on and smooth out. Do the inside of the box as well.
- Now take the letter stickers and spell out “Prayer Box” and stick them on the top of the box.
- Cut a small piece of lace and lay that on the top left side of box.
- Now brush mod podge over the top of the box and the sides too. Make sure to cover the stickers and lace well, but a thin layer is plenty, just brush it on smooth. Let this set and dry.
- Now you can do the inside. Stick a faith sticker or two on the inside lid, and then mod podge over it all. Let this dry.
- Put some glue on the bottom of the flower and stick it on the top of the box. Let dry.
- Fill your box with paper and some pens for writing and keeping your prayers.
April’s Illustrated Faith
Now for those who have been around a while or follow my You Tube channel, you will know I love Illustrated Faith! I am so blessed to be a part of their team through Day Spring and be able to share these sneak peaks with you of their brand new kits! This is April’s sneak peak and I am just so excited!!! By the way, you could make your Prayer box just the right size to store the devotional cards that come with your Illustrated Faith kit, if you wanted.
Also, Check out a glimpse of the FREE downloadable printable with April’s kit purchase!
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- Monthly Journal Through the Bible Studies
- 5 Ways To Increase Faith Through Scripture Writing
- Top Faith Based Posts of 2017
- When Growing Your Faith Makes You Uncomfortable
- Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling