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How I Use Trello as a Digital Prayer Journal

Trello is a versatile app for organization, team work, planning and more. It has a myriad of uses: planning a wedding or special celebration; organizing a move or trip; lesson plans or sermon prep; collaborating with a team for work or ministry; and many more!

It’s one of my most used apps! My uses for it include:

  • A Weekly & Monthly Planner
  • Meal Planning (including checklists for ingredients and cost)
  • Worship Planning (new song rotation, song lists, etc.)
  • Social Media Management
  • Work Project Management

You can even find lots of Trello Board “templates” to copy to your own account as a new board, or just to get ideas for ways you can use the app.

Trello is available for phones and tablets, and has a web-based interface for computers. It syncs across all your devices as well and the best part: It’s free for most features you would need.

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Important Keys to Intercessory Prayer

Intercessory prayer is when we pray for other people, ourselves, or situations. We stand in the gap for a person’s salvation, for a nation, or for God’s redemptive purpose to be known concerning an issue facing the Body of Christ or the world. Most simply, intercession is when we declare what God tells us to declare, and pray for what God leads us to pray as we seek His heart and truth concerning His purposes.

God’s Kingdom is founded upon us asking Him in prayer. God could do all without our help, but He desires partnership with us through intimacy. Think of your spouse or best friend. You want to do things together because you love one another and enjoy doing life together. It is the same with God, and this is part of why we were created for companionship.

One important key in intercessory prayer is that we pray in agreement with God’s Word. It is essential that we pray in alignment with His will, and when we pray in agreement with His Word, we know He hears us.

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV)

We can ask the Lord to bring Scripture verses to mind to pray in your times of intercession. We simply take these verses and turn them into a prayer as we stand in the gap for a person or topic. One way to do this, for example, is with Ephesians 1:17-18. One might pray these verses in this way:

Father God, give _________ the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that they would grow in knowing Jesus intimately. Give them understanding and open the eyes of their heart. Flood them with Your light that they would know the hope of Your calling in their life.

We can also pray effectively by using the prayers recorded in the Word expressed through Jesus and the apostles. Just as these prayers were fruitful during the time of the early Church, they still remain applicable today. Download a PDF of Prayers from the New Testament.

God may also allow you to feel His heart by bringing an emotion to the forefront, such as compassion. Ask Him to give you understanding on why you are feeling this and how to pray. Furthermore, when we do not know how to pray, it is best to simply ask God to do His perfect will.

A second key is to focus on the positive as we pray, that is, praying God’s redemptive purposes instead of focusing on what the enemy is doing. For example, instead of praying against deceit and dishonesty, pray for God to release conviction and truth by His Holy Spirit, flooding the person with His love so they instead choose to speak and act in godly ways.

Focusing on the negative aspects of a prayer burden has caused many an intercessor to become depressed and burdened down, instead of filled with the joy of the Lord. Remember, His joy is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). When we focus on God’s power and redemption in a situation versus the enemy’s actions, we are encouraged and strengthened in our faith as we pray.

A final key to intercession is to make sure we are actually praying. At times I have found myself venting or worrying over something instead of truly praying. Moreover, I recall an instructor sharing about when they were growing in prayer, they realized they were “preaching” to God on the microphone instead of actually praying during a corporate prayer gathering. He shared this experience with much humor. :)

These keys are by no means an exhaustive list, but I pray they help stir up your passion for Jesus’ heart in intercessory prayer. When God brings a person, issue or Scripture to mind (or someone asks us to pray), be sure to actually pray by asking the Lord to do what is on His heart.

To summarize, the most important aspect of intercessory prayer is asking God to do what He has shown us He desires to do, whether through His Holy Spirit or as already revealed in His Word.

How to Pray God’s Word

Today I thought I would share some examples from the Bible in how to pray biblical prayers. I pray these will help you grow in your prayer and devotional life with God.

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)

Prayer: God, all You have to do is speak & it will be. This is simply what I ask You today, God. Intervene and let Your light shine. Thank You, Lord!

Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?” Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O LORD! (Psalm 4:6)

Prayer: God, I hold to Your Word that You work all things for the good of those who love You (Romans 8:28). Let Your light, truth and love shine upon us, and lead us in by Your light and Your truth.

Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. (Psalm 62:8)

Prayer: Thank You that I can pour out my heart to You no matter what I’m feeling, knowing You care deeply. You are my refuge and safety!

Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.
Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
(Psalm 37:5-7)

Prayer: Thank You for Your great promises, Lord, and that as I commit my way to You and trust You, You will bring forth my righteousness as the dawn, and my judgment as the noonday. Help me to rest in You and Your promises, waiting patiently for You to act on my behalf. Thank You that I have no reason to fear or to fret, but that Your plans always prevail!

…this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9-11)

Prayer: Lord, let our love abound more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, that we would approve the excellent things, and that we’d be sincere and blameless in every way until Christ’s return. Fill us with the fruit of righteousness through Jesus, for Your glory and praise!

…as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. (Colossians 3:12-14)

Prayer: Lord, as Your people, help us put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, especially in bearing with one another, and let us forgive each other as You’ve forgiven us. Let us truly love one another–just as You love us–being perfectly united together by Your Spirit.

Unless You Repent

At church our interim pastor shared from the letter to the church at Ephesus:

“…I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place–unless you repent.
(Revelation 2:4-5)

My heart is heavy yet hopeful, knowing God will have His way with or without us. I can’t truly say what I’m feeling today is of me, because I too need God to change me tremendously, and think I could actually be feeling God’s own grief over us as a church! (I’m personally asking God to give me His heart and passion, and to continually show me my part in His purposes.)

This fall I had a vision in which I saw God touchdown on our church, and something like two shockwaves rushed out from it. One wave went out around the church itself, and the second went out through our city.

I feel God has said this is what He wants, but that this won’t be unless we humble ourselves and repent, fervently praying and seeking His face. This feels imminent!

If it doesn’t come I feel God is saying to us in even His indescribable grace and mercy:

“I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place–unless you repent.”
(Revelation 2:5)

Prayers to Pray Daily

Below are some prayers that I try to pray daily. I thought these were worth sharing.

Pray “your armor on” via Ephesians 6. Do it every day when you wake up! I pray something similar to this:

  • Lord, [according to Ephesians 6:14-17], I put on the belt of [Your] truth and the breastplate of Your righteousness [given me through Christ.] I put on my feet the preparation of the Gospel of peace, and take up the shield of faith so that I can extinguish all fiery darts of the enemy. I put on my head the helmet of salvation, and utilize the sword of the Spirit – the Word of God itself. Jesus, in You I stand firm. Fill me with Your Spirit and let me live by Your Spirit, walking in step with You every moment.

[You don’t have to pray the parts in brackets but I wanted to include them because sometimes it helps me to speak/pray them as well—expanding on the truth of God’s Word! And of course, you can put all the prayers in your own words!]

Other prayers to pray daily:

  • God, give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You and who I am in Christ. Let me know and be firmly rooted in the height, depth and width of Your love and the riches of my inheritance in You (Ephesians 1:17-18 and 3:17-18).
  • Lord, give me wisdom, understanding, knowledge, discretion and clarity, and how to use these according to Your will and purposes. Give me discernment, clear recognition of it and how to use it according to Your will. (via Proverbs)
  • God, bind my mind to the mind of Christ. Let my soul (mind, will and emotions) be governed by Your Holy Spirit, and let my body be yielded to You. Fix my heart and soul fully on Jesus at all times. (Colossians 2:5; Psalm 57:7; Psalm 45:10-11)

Something I learned more at a recent conference was to speak out God’s truth! And just worship, too, and fix your eyes on Jesus! Even more when stress/worry/doubt, etc. hits us. That’s what I’m trying to do more and it helps!

Colossians 2:5 from the Amplified Bible is worth sharing as well (plus, I need the reminder!) It expresses what it is to be fixed on Christ/steadfast in faith:

“…the firmness and the solid front and steadfastness of your faith in Christ [that leaning of the entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness]”
(Colossians 2:5 Amplified)

More Prayers to Pray Daily: pdf

One more prayer worth praying for all believers is Acts 4:28-31:

…To carry out all that Your hand and Your will and purpose had predestined (predetermined) should occur. And now, Lord, observe their threats and grant to Your bond servants [full freedom] to declare Your message fearlessly, while You stretch out Your hand to cure and to perform signs and wonders through the authority and by the power of the name of Your holy Child and Servant Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place in which they were assembled was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak the Word of God with freedom and boldness and courage.