This year (2018) I have challenged myself to write down my prayers. You may ask why do I do this or what's the purpose? For me I wanted to make my prayers more intimate with God. I feel like I remember things better when I write them down. It also allows me to go back and look at what I prayed for and what God has brought to past and who I've prayed for. So if I tell you I'm going to pray for you just know that I'm actually taking the first part of my morning and writing your name down on a sheet of paper and praying for you. You read right, I'm not texting or typing. I'm WRITING on a sheet of paper. After each written prayer I read the prayers out loud as well. This is something that I personally felt led to do. I challenge you to give it a try. Go to the dollar store and buy you a few pens or pencils and a notepad. Start writing down your prayers. This is everything from giving thanks to the Lord to prayer request to interceding for family, friends, and enemies. My goal for every prayer is to really think about who I'm praying for, what I'm praying for, and to make sure the prayer makes sense. I have never been a fan of just repeating words over and over in prayers. For me, it just seems like it because such a habit that it's no longer from the heart. So it takes me some time to actually write down my prayers because I really go into a deep thought and pray for myself and others. It's not just passive prayers and words. It's not rushed either. I encourage you to find a way to be intimate with God and avoid having a passive relationship with Him.