Index cards are a fun way to organize your intercession for people, events, organizations, institutions, etc. You can go to for the multi-color pack (neon or pastel) or just plain white if you prefer to doodle and color on them.
If you put just one name on the top of each card. this allows you to group them together in various ways. You can also make note of specific needs, the dates when you prayed, answers to prayer, progress, etc. If you are not a particularly organized person (like me), index cards can also allow you to randomize who/what you pray for. You don’t necessarily have to group them, you can keep it all very haphazard and “just pick a card…any card” from the stack.
Variation 1: This same idea concept can work on your smart phone or tablet. There are apps out there that work like note cards. I like to use the Awesome Note app because it’s so colorful, both the tabs and the card paper.
Variation 2: Index cards are great for small groups. Jot down one prayer request per card. At the following meetings you’ll have a small stack of cards that allow you to track your recent prayer requests. I like to scatter them randomly on the floor and ask people to pick one or two of them. (caution: if you’re using your variation 1 above….don’t scatter smart phones on the floor and ask people to choose one :-))
Variation 3: You could use postcards instead of index cards. If you’re a “card shopper” take the time to buy beautiful post cards that represent the people in your life that you pray for regularly. Keep track of your prayer and progress on the blank side. Scatter the cards around on a table with the images up to create a wonderful visual collage of intercession.
Variation 4: If you’re that “into” postcards, buy a bunch of cool postcards that you can send to people that you pray for…. “Hey, just wanted you to know that I was praying for you on Friday” I mean, who gets a hand written note any more?
(Do me a favor, please don’t send postcards of cheesy Christian art…with Bible verses in flowing script! There are too many beautiful, meaningful images out there that touch on everyday life, that at least I find much more inspiring. Sorry if that offends you, but maybe you needed it.)