In their simplest form, prayer request cards state the reason the card creator is requesting that people pray for himself or someone else in as much detail as he is comfortable providing. They sometimes include contact information, such as the church, address, phone number or email address, of the person requesting prayers. Some cards feature a box to check if the requester wants someone to contact him and pray with him.
Prayer request cards also commonly feature Bible verses about the power of prayer, such as Jeremiah 29:12, which states, "Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." Ideas for other verses about prayer to include on prayer cards include James 5:16, 1 Timothy 2:1 and Philippians 4:6. James 5:16 encourages believers to confess their sins and pray for other believers so they may receive healing. 1 Timothy 2:1 urges Christians to offer thanksgiving and prayers to everyone. Philippians 4:6 instructs Christians to present their requests to God in prayer, thanksgiving and petition rather than being anxious about things in their lives.
Religious-themed graphics may also appear on prayer cards. An image of two hands positioned for prayer or of a person kneeling in prayer is especially relevant to the purpose of the cards. A simple cross in the corner of the card adds a nice touch without being too distracting.