I've mentioned the book, A Praying Life, multiple times now. Perhaps the greatest step of application for me is the idea of creating prayer cards for family members, friends, people who are suffering, non-Christians, etc. Here are Paul Miller's overall guidelines when creating a prayer card:
1. The card functions like a prayer snapshot of a person's life, so I use short phrases to describe what I want.
2. When praying, I usually don't linger over a card for more than a few seconds. I just pick out one or two key areas and pray for them.
3. I put the Word to work by writing a Scripture verse on the card that expresses my desire for that particular person or situation.
4. The card doesn't change much. Maybe once a year I will add another line. These are just ongoing areas in a person's life that I am praying for.
5. I usually don't write down answers. They are obvious to me since I see the card almost every day.
6. I will sometimes date a prayer request by putting the month/year.