A prayer board or a prayer wall is a simple way to keep track of your prayer requests and answered prayers and to keep conversation with God flowing throughout the day. You can make your own prayer board wherever you have a little bit of wall space with a simple bulletin board, a white board, or even just a piece of paper. With some magnets and notecards, you can also turn the side of your refrigerator into a prayer board. Here are some simple and creative prayer board ideas to help you make your own prayer board.
We have a small prayer board set up in our dining room space at home. It’s a simple bulletin board with a prayer journal page, a gratitude page, and some keepsakes and reminders of things we are thankful for (like thank you cards from students at school, our family Christmas card, and ribbons that show milestones achieved in swimming lessons).
What is a DIY Prayer Board?
A DIY prayer board is a simple space that you set up – using a bulletin board, a whiteboard, or even a simple piece of paper – that allows you to keep track of your prayers throughout and the day and come back and see answered prayers.
A DIY prayer board can be simple or elaborate. You can organize your prayer board by category (prayers for your kids, your job, your spouse, your friends, the world…), by person, by keeping track of prayer requests and answers, by recording prayer requests and things you are grateful for, or using a prayer formula like the ACTS prayer method.
How to Make Your Own Prayer Board
A prayer board can be made up of bulletin board, a whiteboard, or just a piece of paper. You can also have a prayer board in your kitchen and simply use the side of your fridge and some magnets.
- Gather your materials and decide on the design of your prayer board. Some simple options: 1. Divide your prayer board into “prayer requests” and “answered prayers”. 2. Print a prayer journal printable for prayer requests and answered prayers and a gratitude tracker for prayers of thanksgiving. 3. Divide your prayer board into categories. Include prayers for others, prayers for yourself, prayers for the world, thanksgiving, worries, things you are sorry for (this could also be a “God please help me to…” prayer, e.g. be more patient, think before I speak, etc.).
- Divide your prayer board into categories and make any headings that you might want to include.
- Choose a regular time each day (like in the morning or after dinner) to record your prayers and see if any prayers have been answered. To see more of God’s fingerprints in your life, record the answers to pray received.
For specific prayer board ideas and how to organize and categorize your prayer board, keep reading….
Simple & Creative Prayer Board Ideas
A prayer board can be really simple. The easiest and simplest prayer board that you can set up have two sections: “prayer requests” and “answers to prayer”. Here are some simple and creative prayer board ideas to get you started.
- Divide your prayer board in two and have two headings: Prayer Requests and Answered Prayer. Use notecards or post-it notes to record prayer requests. As prayers get answered, move them from “Prayer Requests” to “Answered Prayer” and write how they were answered.
- Use a printable prayer journal page to record prayer requests and answered prayers. Include a gratitude tracker for prayers of thanksgiving. Optional: include small items that represent things you are thankful for or things you are looking forward to, like photos, party invitations, awards received… Cycle out these small items occasionally.
- Use the ACTS prayer formula to organize your prayer board. Separate your prayer board into categories of Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. Record “wow” moments and praises to God, things you are sorry for, things you are grateful for, and people and situations that you want to bring before God.
- Use “Help”, “Thanks”, and “Wow” to categorize your prayer board. Include prayers for others, yourself, and the world under “help”. (What do you want God’s help with? Who in your life needs prayer?) Include gratitude under “thanks.” And include praise under “wow”: things about God and about the world that you find amazing, or things that you were impressed with.
- Make a collage style prayer board. Write PRAYERS on the top of your prayer board (or the side of your refrigerator) and record prayers on notecards. Stick them to your prayer board with pins or magnets. Use different colors for prayer requests, answered prayers, gratitude, and any other categories you would like.
- Divide your prayer board into categories and make your headings. Include prayers for others, prayers for yourself, prayers for the world, thanksgiving, worries, and things you are sorry for (this could also be a “God please help me to…” prayer, e.g. be more patient, think before I speak, etc.). You can use note cards or post-its to record prayers. You can also cut out pictures and words from magazines and newspapers (include a collection of these in a little basket next to your prayer board).