I am using Stormie Omartian's "The Power of a Praying Wife" to help organize my prayer times for my husband. Once I go through the book once, I will simply refer to this calendar I created to remind me what specific thing to pray for my husband each day of the month.
Monday: My Extended Family
Tuesday: My Husband's Extended Family
Thursday: Sick or grieving
Friday: Church (the church we currently serve in and others)
Sunday: Sabbath - prepare to worship
I pray daily for my husband, children, and myself. I personally like using the ACTS model. A stands for adoration, C for confession, T is for thanksgiving, and S is for supplication. Following the ACTS model and using the prayer calendars truly helps me stay focused during my prayer times and not my to-do list that is waiting for me each day. While I spent time in the library, I prayed and asked the Lord to help bring order and focus to my prayer times, but I also shared my desire with the Lord for my prayer times to be Spirit-led.
To read about how Teri Lynne over at Scripture Dig uses a prayer calendar, click here. She shares how she even prays for certain things certain months of the year.
Do you use a prayer calendar? If you struggle to focus during your prayer times, I would encourage you to have a mini prayer retreat and ask the Lord to help you develop a prayer calendar to use. It has been a HUGE blessing in my life the past two weeks. I used to write out all my prayers, and that did help me to focus, but it takes a lot of time. Now my journaling is for study notes, prayer requests and updates, and thoughts I want to write down.