One of the most powerful things you can do as a full time missionary, ward mission leader, ward missionary or member missionary is to start a prayer list.
- The best place to start is to ask Heavenly Father who to add to your list before you begin. Ask in prayer who to pray for. Revelation and inspiration will bring to your mind people’s names you hadn’t thought of before.
- Then be very specific and include those you are finding, teaching, reactivating, etc.
- Also pray by name for other missionaries, both full time and members so they can also be assisted in faith.
- Post this list where you pray each day.
- Carry this list with you or save on your iPad.
- Include a select few or all to share with your family at home so they can pray with you.
- Include those on your prayer list in each fast you begin on fast sunday.
- Ask the Ward Mission Leaders to pray and fast by name for those on your list in their wards.
- Ask the members who are neighbors and the Ward Council to pray and fast by name for those on your list in their wards.
- Post reminders in the form of very simple post-it notes that say “Prayer List” in key visual locations in your apartment and car to remind you to pray constantly for your investigators.
Study the elements of Faith and Prayer in Preach by Gospel and remember the definition of prayer on page 753 of the Bible Dictionary:
“The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work, and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.” – Page 753, Bible Dictionary, LDS King James Version of the Bible