This afternoon Vicki and I went to Ava Maria to see the Oratory and while there to pray. This is such a beautiful setting and a great place for a time of prayer. As I was praying I realized that most all my personal prayers now begin with Lord help my house to sell. While that is a big source of pressure in our life I suddenly felt guilty if I started to pray that way at the Oratory. So I quickly decided to put that further down my list.
However, as I prayed I keep moving the house down the list and was sort of shocked at how many important things I needed to talk to God about. But, I had allowed one need to overshadow all the other things, things that in reality are more important.
Over the years I've had times when I worked with greater faithfulness in terms of prayer. I've used a prayer journal at times with effectiveness. Today taught me again the importance of writing down not just the needs of others but the personal things we need to remember in prayer. We are forgetful by nature. We are forgetful due to our hectic lives. We are forgetful because we let one particular need or stress crowd out other needs of equal or greater importance. God wanted me to talk to him about more aspects of my life than a house.
Let me encourage you to maintain a written prayer list for the issues and needs within your personal life.