Stone Soup for Five: Prayer Binder Challenge {week 2} + tons of free resources

Prayer Binder Challenge {week 2} + tons of free resources

This week we're working on the next section in our prayer binders: Petition.  If you are just joining us, the list of supplies is here, and the first week of this challenge is here.  If you already have this section put together in your binder, you can skip to the bottom of this post to find tons of links for fun and valuable prayer resources!

The next section in my prayer binder is prayer for myself, petition, which is a natural flow from confession.  For me it usually goes something like "Lord, I confess _____, please forgive me and help me..."

I've changed this section around a lot throughout the years and the current version has different tabs than my previous ones had.  I guess I change it for the seasons of life I'm currently in, and it is not always a big overhaul, just changing a page here and there, or adding things and archiving other things.  (I'll tell you more about how I archive things in another post.)

First I'll show you some current pictures of my Petition section, then we'll talk details.  (Click on each picture for a bigger view.)

The Gospel Prayer on the left page is from J.D. Greear's book Gospel.  Excellent book everyone should read!  I have five different tabs in this section and some weeks I may go through them in the order they are, or I might skip around, or just focus on one.  Each tab is an area that I want to focus on in this stage of my life.

I made the tabs by just cutting out colored 3x5 cards and washi taping them to the top of each page.  They're not fancy, but they are cheap and sturdy!  

The marriage tab is mainly for me as a wife.  

This is the next page in the marriage section, again, focusing on me as a wife, not my husband.  I wrote down a "marriage version" of the Good Questions to Ask Myself.

These pages are prayer for besetting sin in my life.  A lot of quotes and verses. 

This is to pray over the things I am to steward well.  I will continue to write down quotes and verses as I come across them.  I also made a little note to remind me of my words for the year, Love Well.

And the final tab in my Petition section is for prayer.  As I said earlier, I struggle with prayer, so I need to pray for grace to pray better!

There are tons of tremendous resources out there, and I'm sure this is just the beginning.  I'm hoping that you will share additional resources you've found in the comments too!

Intercessors for America is a wonderful website with very specific ways to pray for America and its leaders.

And for my readers in Canada I found this prayer site.  Do you have any others you recommend?

I LOVE Kelly's website. She has really fun and free printable prayer calendars for each month and for Christmas this year I bought her printed prayer calendar.  They are a fun and different way to pray, helping me pray for people not normally on my radar!  She also has some great prayer prompt stickers that would be great in your binder!

A reader directed me to this treasure trove of resources:
She has a huge list of free printables on prayer ranging from praying for your husband from head to toe, praying for parents, teens, newlyweds, the sick, etc.  All the printables have a fun vintage vibe that I LOVE!  And if you subscribe to her blog she has a free download full of truly wonderful prayer prompts, tips, notes, quotes, guides and much more!  I'm still going through it and am amazed!

The blog Mercy is New  has a different prayer theme for each month of the year with free printables.

Inspired to Action has prayer calendar for your children and your husband.

Also, don't forget to visit my Pinterest Prayer Board to find more ideas there:

And now it's your turn again.  Do you have any great sites for prayer resources?  Or for ideas for this petition section?  Let us know below in the comments!


  1. These posts have been great inspiration. Thank you! Would you be willing to share a list of all your dividers? I think I figured out a good way to do them, but I'd like to do them all at once. I am going to start thinking through what sections I need, for sure, but would enjoy hearing what all you have.

    1. Hi Rachael! Yes, my dividers are: praise, rest, confess, petition, others, prodigals (this is a newer section that I made a divider for a couple years ago), then a section for my husband and sections for each son, then a misc section!

  2. So many great resources! Thank you for sharing them all with us!

  3. Kari, I noticed a spike in my subscribers and tracked it back here. Thank you for the kind mentions! What an awesome site and resource... looking forward to spending more time on here! Thanks again!

    1. YAY! I love your site and have really REALLY enjoyed your calendar! Thank you for all you do!

  4. In have a question about prayer. We are to pray for our enemies and those who have hurt us. How do I do this? I pray for them, but in my heart I don't mean it. He has done horrible things to me and he was very abusive to my daughter.

    1. This is such a good—and hard—question. You are being obedient by praying that way, even if you don't mean it yet. Trust God to change your heart over time, and try to allow God to work. Someday I bet you'll find that God has allowed you to forgive the man who hurt you and your daughter... which does not mean that what he did was "okay," just that God is greater than anything else and His mercy and forgiveness extends to all. I'm praying that God will bless you with a changed heart and that your hurt and anger won't consume you. I pray that those hurts won't hold you hostage and that you can move on. And I pray that God will bless you for your obedience.

    2. I think Kelly is right on in her reply. It's hard in a situation like this to actually pray for the person. In similar situations I've learned to just start praying for my heart and attitude toward the person... and being honest with God about how I feel. Tell God how you feel. Tell Him how wrong this was and how you don't want to pray for him. Ask Him to show you His love for you and for your daughter and even for this man. Keep praying, keep seeking Him, keep being honest and He will change your heart.


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