Prayer List

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To access the prayer list
To control the display of prayer lists
To pray from the prayer list – short form
To pray from the prayer list – long form
To edit existing prayers
To add prayers to an existing prayer list
To create a new prayer list
To use for set prayers
To use for devotional quotations
To delete a prayer or prayer document
Other features of use for prayer
     For devotional reading
     For liturgical prayer
     For scriptural prayer (individual)
     For scriptural prayer (set)
     For prayer journal


The prayer list is a feature that is easily overlooked. While it is obviously intended for petitionary and intercessory prayer, it is easily re-purposed for other forms.

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To access the prayer list

The Prayer List may be accessed through through the Documents/File menu.
 


 

It may also be accessed from the Home Page Sidebar/Ribbon (above).

When accessed via the Documents/File menu remember that:

  • Documents are ordered by date and time they were last used and presented in most recent to least recent order.
  • If you know the document’s name (or part of it), you can enter the name in the text box and the documents shown will be limited to that name.
  • If you enter a document type in the text box, the list will be limited to that type.

 


 

To control the display of prayer lists

The display of Prayer Lists on the Home Page is set in the Customize menu on the Home Page. They appear under Sidebar in Logos 6+, and under Features in Logos 4/5. You can do the following:

  • To change the location of the Prayer List, drag and drop the item to your preferred location.
  • To display a Prayer List, click on the box in front of its name – a check mark means that it will be displayed.
  • To hide a Prayer List, click on the box in front of its name – an empty box means that it will not be displayed. The box works as a toggle switch.

Note that the sequence of the prayer list is:

  • scheduled, unscheduled and complete
  • scheduled is subdivided into scheduled date
  • within the divisions prayers are sequenced alphabetically by title

To pray from the prayer list – short form

By short form, I mean a Prayer List that meets these requirements:

  • the Prayer List displays on the Home Page Sidebar/Ribbon – even if you have to scroll to see it
  • you merely wish to mark the prayers as complete for the day

After you pray the first prayer, mark the prayer as complete for the day by clicking in the box at the front of the prayer.
 


 

When you have prayed the first prayer, the list will drop the completed prayer and additional prayers, if any, will be added to the bottom of the list until you have gone through the entire list of prayers scheduled for the day.
 


 

WARNING: If you have accidentally marked a prayer as read, there is no way to restore it. However, it will still reappear the next time it is scheduled.

When the schedule for a prayer is complete, the prayer will no long appear on the Home Page Sidebar/Ribbon. However, it still appears as a Prayer List document and can be reactivated at any time by extending the schedule.
 


 

To pray from the prayer list – long form

By long form, I mean a Prayer List:

  • that you wish to modify – see edit existing prayers below
  • where you wish to record an answer to your prayer.

The actions specific to editing during prayer are:

  • opening the appropriate Prayer List
  • expanding the first prayer to pray the entire text
  • marking the prayer as completed for the day; note that it now appears in the listing of the next date on which the prayer is scheduled
  • recording the answer to the prayer; it now appears with a green completed box in the Answered section of the list. Note it will not be scheduled again
  • final status of Prayer List as it appears on the Home Page Ribbon; neither the prayed nor the answered prayers appear.

Opening the appropriate Prayer List

 


 

Expanding the first prayer to pray the entire text

 


 

Marking the prayer as completed for the day

Note that it now appears in the listing of the next date on which the prayer is scheduled.
 


 

Recording the answer to the prayer

It now appears with a green completed box in the Answered section of the list. Note it will not be scheduled again.
 


 

 


 

Final status of Prayer List as it appears on the Home Page

Neither the prayed nor the answered prayers appear.
 


 

To edit existing prayers

To edit existing prayers, you must first open the Prayer List document. You may do this by either:

  • clicking the Prayer List name on the Home Page Sidebar (Logos 6+)
  • clicking on the word “edit” below the Prayer List name on the Home Page Ribbon (Logos 4/5); OR
  • opening the document via the Documents/File menu.


You may alternate any of the information including the scheduling of the prayer. Remember that any entry in the Answer text box will automatically flag the prayer as complete and it will not appear in you prayers again. It will, however, be archived in your Prayer List. Also note that links to Scripture passages or source URL’s do not work.

 


 


 

To add prayers to an existing prayer list

To add prayers to an existing Prayer List, you must first open the appropriate Prayer List document (as above).

Adding a prayer requires the following steps:

  • select the Add prayer button
  • expand the new prayer by clicking within its area
  • add a title to prayer, remembering that it will be truncated on the Home Page
  • add additional information about the prayer in the Notes section; don’t enter anything in the Answers section as that will flag the prayer as complete.
  • add the range of dates in which you wish to pray for this item
  • set the frequency and day

Select the Add prayer button

 


 

Expand the new prayer by clicking within its area

 


 

Add a title to prayer

 


 

Add additional information about the prayer in the Notes section

Don’t enter anything in the Answers section as that will flag the prayer as complete.
 


 

Add the range of dates in which you wish to pray for this item

 


 

Set the frequency and day

 


 

To create a new prayer list

One creates a new document by selecting Prayer List under New in the Documents/File menu.
 


 

Once the document is created, (1) assign a name to it, (2) then add prayers as described above.
 


 

Note that you need to access the Customize Menu on the Home Page to display the new Prayer List on the Home Page and to set its place in the ribbon.

To use for set prayers

Some prayer disciplines include prewritten prayers such as these from the World Council of Churches. In this particular case, new prayers for the week come out every Sunday. The illustrations show access from the Prayer List document with mouse over, and from the Prayer List document in edit mode showing the setup for the week’s duration. Note that neither mouse over view shows the full content of the prayer.
 


 


 

When dealing with this kind of material, please pay attention to copyright considerations before using for anything other than personal use.

To use for devotional quotations

While one cannot make a document of quotations to be displayed randomly, one can make the quotations appear months apart. In this case, a choice selection of the best of Orthodox quotations is set up to appear on an annual cycle. Note one or more of the “prayers” (quotations) may appear on a given day.
 


 

Using a different quotation to illustrate the structure of the prayer list. Note the frequency information in the lower right hand corner of the expanded prayer.



 

When dealing with this kind of material, please pay attention to copyright considerations before using for anything other than personal use.

To delete a prayer or prayer document

To delete a prayer document:

 


 

To delete an individual prayer within a document

  • navigate to the document as described above
  • mouse over the prayer to make an X in a red circle appear
  • click on the X to delete the prayer. It does not matter if the prayer is expanded or not (CTRL + Z will undo an error).

 


 

Other features of use for prayer

This section offers suggestions for supporting prayer styles that do not fit easily into the Prayer List format. If you use these methods, you may wish to put the documents on your shortcut bar or in your favorites list.

For devotional reading

There are times when the dividing line between prayer and devotional reading is blurred. Devotional readings:

  • appear in the Content section of the Home Page
  • come from the prioritized list of devotionals in Library


 

See Prioritization for detailed instructions on prioritization.

For liturgical prayer

Logos does not support the Liturgy of the Hours (a.k.a. Divine Office, Breviary, Morning and Evening Prayer) explicitly. However, the are a number of website that offer the full texts for the day. Some of these site also offer free software than you can download and install on your machine. Other sites make the information available in PDF format. All these can easily be launched from Logos by:

  • to execute software, put the start icon on your desktop and move it to the Shortcut Bar
  • to go to a URL, add the link to the Short Bar or to Favorites
  • to read a PDF, add the link to Favorites

These are not the only solutions, just the ones I’ve found work best.
See Shortcuts bar or Favorites for detailed instructions.

In addition, for some traditions (Lutherans, for example) the daily lectionary contains the Lessons for Morning and Evening Prayer. Like the Prayer List, one controls them via Prioritization and the the Customize menu of the Home Page.

For scriptural prayer (individual)

Some forms of scriptural prayer fall easily into a prayer journal. Others fit into a passage list. There is another group which fit into the Notes feature. This group covers a number of Bible study methods that generate a prayer based on a specific passage.

This is a standard use of Notes – see Logos Notes for directions on the use of notes. It may be helpful to keep these prayers in a separate Notes document and to use either the heading or the tag to indicate the type of prayer e.g. thanksgiving, intercessory ...

For scriptural prayer (set)

There are a number of set prayers and devotions that use Scriptures – the Seven Last Words of Christ, the Advent Jesse tree, Anglican and Catholic bead prayers, etc. The Scriptures used in these resources are easily stored for reference in Passage Lists.

 


 

This makes the scriptural passages appear in My Content of a Passage Guide, bringing to your attention the use of the passage in set prayers.
 

See Logos Passage List for information on using Passage Lists.

For prayer journal

One can create a prayer journal as a Notes document entering the date into the heading. If you wish to sort on date you need to enter the date in yyyy-mm-dd format. If the order in which you enter the notes is sufficient, you may use whatever format you wish for the date.

 


 

See Logos Notes for information on using Notes.



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