Do you wish you had more fun when you're praying? Do you need more unction and inspiration to pray? Do you want to have more joy and expectant faith in your prayers?
If so, I have a creative solution for you today that can help with all of those: making a prayer toolbox!
The most effective thing you can do to pray more powerfully is ask Holy Spirit to pray through you and for you.
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There's no substitute for Holy Spirit's help. The Bible says in Romans 8:26-27 that He will pray through you with moanings and groanings which cannot be uttered. Even though we don't know how to pray–or how to offer our prayers worthily–Holy Spirit helps us.
However, there are things we can do to encourage ourselves to pray–and to build our faith as we pray. And since faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, that means we actively pursue internalizing and meditating on God's Word in order to build our faith.
For me, using my prayer toolbox is one of those faith-builders.
What is a prayer toolbox?
The way I think of it, a prayer toolbox is a box that you fill up with symbols of your faith, symbols of God's promises to you, etc. When you go to pray, you simply grab your toolbox, open it up, and begin praying for each of the things represented in your toolbox.
For example, in my prayer toolbox, I have a few pennies, nickels, and dimes (small American coins), among other things. When I pray over my finances, I get those coins out and line them up in order of value. Then, I pray Isaiah 60 over them–asking God for financial upgrades!
I pray something like this:
“Lord, let the pennies we have be turned into nickels. Let the nickels be turned into dimes. Let the dimes be turned into quarters. Let the quarters be turned into dollars! Let the dollars be turned into hundreds of dollars and thousands of dollars! Bless us financially, Jesus; I decree UPGRADE to our finances in Your name!”
In this example, the coins I keep in my prayer toolbox are symbols that inspire my faith.
I'm not praying to my symbols. Nothing freaky is going on. I'm simply using those symbols as visual reminders of what God has promised me from His Word.
Essentially, a prayer toolbox is like a prayer list, but better.
It's like a prayer list because it reminds you of all the things you need to pray for and over. However, it's even better than a traditional prayer list because it invokes more of your senses!
For example, I love to pray Psalm 68:19. This Scripture says:
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah.”
When I pray this, I always get inspired. What a beautiful promise it is! BUT, I get even MORE inspired if I get one of my prayer tools out of my toolbox.
For Psalm 68:19, my prayer tool looks like this:
It's a little, plastic toy truck–a Euclid, built to carry LARGE loads!
When I'm praying about this Scripture, I love to get out this truck and play with it in my hand. I lift up the little dump-truck part and put it down again, imagining the Lord using it to dump loads of blessings on me. I roll it around and just play with it, all the while praying for the blessings I desire from the Lord.
It's simple, but it's tremendously effective.
When I pray using my tools, invoking as many senses as possible in my prayer, I visualize and internalize God's promise. It inspires my faith. As I pretend to dump blessings on myself from my little toy dumptruck (it's no more than 3 inches long), I find myself believing God's Word even more.
Why? Because I'm making God's promises part of my reality by envisioning them! It's so fun; it brings me joy; and I see MASSIVE answers to prayer, every time I pray this way!
You can do this too. You can make a prayer toolbox that will build your faith and inspire you to pray more!
Here's how to make a prayer toolbox for yourself:
Get a box that you like–something that brings you joy! Then, start putting things in it. Gather your prayer tools, and put them in this box.
I don't mean to put your Bible and journal in your toolbox, although you can if you have enough space in your box. But the tools I'm talking about will be symbols of your promises.
Need more money?
Gather as many coins as you can find and spare and place them in your box. Use them like I described above to pray UPGRADES over your finances!
Or, like my friend Maria taught me, buy a $1 package of play money from your local discount store. Pretend the money is real, and ask God for more of it!
Are you asking God to help you get healthy and lose weight?
Get a photo of you in your skinny days, or grab a magazine cutout of what you want to look like when you get healthy!
Has God promised you a husband or wife?
If so, get a picture of something that represents that promise to you! If you're a woman, maybe you want to include a magazine cutout of your ideal wedding dress. If you're a man, maybe you'd like to grab a photo of the engagement ring you want to give your future fiancée.
Are you asking God for a house?
Get a picture of your dream house and put it in your prayer box!
Are you asking God to load you with benefits today?
Get a little toy dumptruck like I did! I found a set of 5 of them for about $5 at a local discount big box store.
Are you believing God for a new car?
Get a little toy version of the car you'd like to have!
Are you asking God to send you to the nations to preach?
Get a flag or travel guide from each country where you want to minister! For example, I'm taking a team of ministers to Ireland this November to do prophetic equipping. So, one of my prayer tools looks like this:
The sky is the limit in your prayer toolbox!
A prayer toolbox simply contains “tools,” or symbols, to represent each of your promises in any given season.
Your tools may be large or small. Their significance may not be obvious to anyone except you. But, they should be significant to you! And as long as they are, it can be great fun–and a HUGE faith-builder–to visualize God's promises by praying through each symbol in your prayer toolbox.
Do you want to create a prayer toolbox? If so, what kinds of tools will you place in yours? Please leave a comment below!