Prayer Flags

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Prayer flags are fascinating to me. They come in all shapes and sizes. They can be stitched or painted, made of paper or fabric. They can be triangles or rectangles. They can be anything you design from your unique perspective or creative brain. You can get tons of inspiring prayer flag ideas on this blog.

Prayer flags have a long history. They were first just colorful pieces of cloth, hung on the mountain tops in the Himalayas. Then words were written on them and they were taken into battle. For early Buddhists, the colors symbolized different things, and Tibetans believe hanging them make their prayers one with the universe.

For me prayer flags are simply a visual reminder and a record. When I see them hanging there, they remind me to pray for whatever is written on them. When God answers those prayers I can take them down or exchange them with new prayers. They are also pretty, especially if they are hung outside where they have movement in the wind.

It is a great idea to do in a class. Each person writes out her prayers and everyone can see them each week.

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To make some like mine, you need: fabric, batting, ribbon scraps, safety pins, straight pins, scissors, permanent marker, and a sewing machine.

1. Make yourself a paper pattern of a triangle or rectangle. Trace it on the fabric and batting. For each flag, you need two triangles of fabric and one of batting. I cut mine out with pinking shears.

2. Layer the three pieces. Pin them together. Pin two pieces of ribbon (folded in half) at the top so you have something to string the rope through. Stitch around the outside, holding everything together.

3. Cut a smaller piece of a light color fabric. Write your prayer on this, using permanent marker. Safety pin the small triangle to the front of the flag. String all of your flags across your rope.

4. Commence praying! Write words on them and take them into battle!

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In all your ways acknowledge Him. (Proverbs 3:6),

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