DIY Prayer Photo Display

DIY Prayer Photo Display @themerrythoughtOne of the only resolutions that I made for myself this year was to pray more. To stop being one of those people that says, “I’ll pray for you!” then shoots one quick prayer out (if that) and then checks it off my list and moves on with my day. I’ve had so many people pray for me throughout my life whose prayers I’ve truly felt the impact of – how amazing would be to be one of those that is able to bless people by consistently praying for them!

Getting into the habit of praying has been pretty difficult though so I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to remind myself to pray. This photo display is a sweet way to have something physical reminding you everyday to pray for a specific person or thing. I printed out photos I’ve taken of all of my friends and family and other things that I need to lift up in prayer and I have this sitting next to my bed so I can look over each morning and evening and pray for the person in the photo. It’s pretty simple but very helpful!
DIY Prayer Photo Display @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Air dry clay
-4″ x 4″ prints
-5″ x 9″ piece of plywood
-Tape measure
-Hole punch
-Book rings

How to make:
-Cut out a 3″ wide circle from air dry clay. (Mine is about 1.5″ tall.)
-Cut out a slot that is the width of the plywood and about 3/4″ deep.
-Smooth edges and let clay dry for a couple days.
-Measure and mark 1.5″ in from the sides and .75″ down from the top of the wood.
-Drill holes at these two marks. (Make sure the book rings will fit through.)
-On the back of the photos, measure 1″ in from the sides and 1/4″ down from the top and make a mark.
-Use the hole punch at each of these marks.
-Put photos on book rings and attach to the wood.
-Add glue to the slot in the dried clay base, put the plywood in place and let dry.
DIY Prayer Photo Display @themerrythoughtDIY Prayer Photo Display @themerrythought

“Be persistent and devoted to prayer,
being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.”

Colossians 4:2


What helps you spend more time in prayer?

xo. Caitlin

  • CourtneyThursday, January 21, 2016 - 12:31 pm

    Caitlin! This is a fantastic idea I really want to adopt!

    For me, to help me pray more I just make a long list and keep it where I always see it. If I have something I am believing for, I sometimes print out a representative photo or draw something and stick it on my wall. I really love the idea of pictures beside the bed.

    Thanks for the inspiration, you and Manda are truly one of a kind!

    • Caitlin McGrathThursday, January 21, 2016 - 2:06 pm

      You’re too sweet, Courtney! I love the list idea! I need to make a little one to put on the dashboard of my car to remind me of things to pray for on my long drive to work!ReplyCancel

  • AndreaThursday, January 21, 2016 - 1:10 pm

    This is beautiful Caitlin! What a creative way to remind us to pray. For me journaling really helps me with prayer. I like being able to see words on paper. I also love the fact that I can look back at my prayers.ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathThursday, January 21, 2016 - 2:02 pm

      Thank you! I’ve been trying to work on some prayer journaling too – it helps me not get distracted! I love the thought of being able to look back on answered prayers though!ReplyCancel

  • PamelaThursday, January 21, 2016 - 2:31 pm

    I’ve always been curious… How can you tell whether or not an outcome was affected by prayer? Even in my more religious days, I often wondered whether it had an effect on anything at all. After all, how could you possibly know?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathFriday, January 22, 2016 - 3:40 pm

      Yeah, it is easy to wonder wether or not the prayer effected the outcome sometimes. And I guess you can’t know for sure either way. For me, with prayer, getting to know God and understand his character has helped me be able to see him working in situations that I’ve lifted up in prayer though. And I think the purpose of prayer is to draw us closer to God so we can see and understand his work in these situations rather than just be given everything exactly when we ask for it. Seeing God’s work and the peace it brings is not always something that I can put to words or even fully comprehend, but I’ve grown to know that God’s plans are so much greater than mine and I take joy in getting to know him more through reaching out in prayer and growing my faith through watching him work in these situations.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica @ Petal + PlyTuesday, February 2, 2016 - 3:24 pm

    This is a wonderful idea! We’ve been trying to think of ways to help our small children learn how to pray beyond the “Thank you for…” and meal time prayers. They hear us pray for others and sometimes give input to pray for healing of friends and family etc. BUT this is a lovely concrete way for them to thoughtfully begin praying (as a family and on their own) for the people in their lives.ReplyCancel

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